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Facebook Forced to Delete Offensive Content Following a Top EU Court Order
In a significant event, which may have a substantial impact on social media, courts belonging to the European Union can order Facebook to remove certain types of content. These are worldwide comments by FB users that fall under the category of illegal.
Fremont, CA: Now, Facebook has to obey the EU court if it asks for the removal of offensive content posted by users across the world.
Facebook suffered a major setback in a top court of the European Union, which ruled that EU courts can now order online media such as FB to eliminate defamatory content from across the globe.
The ruling is the result of a case introduced into an Austrian court by Eva Glawisching-Piesczek, a Greens politician. She wanted the removal of an FB post, which, according to her, defamed and insulted her. Further, the post was open for any FB user to see.
The case was further referred to the European Union’s top court for opinion and judgement. This case and its judgement will be used as legal reference across the European region.
The original complaint contained information on messages from a fictitious account. What was offensive, according to the complainant, was that she was termed a corrupt person. Also, FB failed to delete the post. This prompted Eva to file a legal complaint.
Post the judgement, FB will be forced to delete the post and will also have to provide useful insights into the fictitious accounts on the social networking site.
The decision will have a future-oriented impact on Facebook besides other similar platforms, including Twitter. These networking sites will now have to abide by a legal obligation to assess their content and deal strictly with any content which is hateful or offensive.
The decision by the EU top court is being perceived as a great victory for the EU regulators. These regulators have always been concerned about US tech giants meeting extremely tightened European standards concerning offensive content and hate speech.