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Italy Sues Facebook

Italy Sues Facebook

Added: Friday, June 14th, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
Northern Italian courts are currently considering criminal charges against the most popular social network in the world. An investigation was launched into how the company allowed the publication of insults and bullying posts aimed at a teenager who took her own life in Italy a few months ago.

It was in the news that Carolina Picchio, 14, from northern Italy, died this past January after a gang of boys circulated a video on Facebook of her appearing worse for wear in a bathroom at a party. The offenders, all aged 15-17, appeared to be friends of the girl’s ex-boyfriend, whom she dumped. Apparently, the guy had insulted her on Facebook, because the victim wrote to him that he “had done enough to her already”. The boy, whose identity remains undisclosed, claimed that he did apologize to Carolina about the insults, but the girl still leapt to her death from her 3rd floor bedroom window after writing on Facebook that she couldn’t take the abuse any more.

This case has angered the Italian Parents Association and the latter launched a criminal complaint against the social network, claiming that Facebook had a role in the instigation of the teenager’s suicide. The Association pointed out that the local law forbids minors under 18 signing contracts, but Facebook entered into a contract with them regarding their privacy, without their parents knowing.

In the meanwhile, Francesco Saluzzo, the Italian prosecutor, said that he didn’t rule out investigating Facebook staff. Saluzzo was investigating how the video managed to stay online for days before it was removed. In theory, he could investigate employees of Facebook who failed to respond to the takedown requests.

It seems that the company has numerous troubles in Italy – for instance, Facebook is already in hot water for allowing Mafia goons to have fan pages. In addition, a 15-year-old schoolboy from Rome took his own life last year, having been taunted as gay on Facebook. In response, the company points out that the service offers a button to “'report'” offensive links. However, this option seems to be a moot point for everyone. Of course, it is impossible to monitor all videos uploaded to the site, but takedown requests may be worth someone’s life in this case.

June 14th,2013

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Date:  Friday, June 14th, 2013

Comments (12) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-06-14 19:07:18)
innovader avatarLawsuit-happy fools

posted by ET junkiemen (2013-06-14 23:20:19)
4GET avatar0 tolerance should b must for monitoring bulling on any site /school or place
this sort of thing is being going on all over the globe and that place gets away
time and time again..i hope they win and take a few quid off RATBURGER no wonder
the NSA are sniffing

posted by (2013-06-15 02:56:08)
No avatarMore inaccurate reporting!!! Holy crap batman.

"Italy Sues Facebook".
1. Criminal charges are not the same as suing someone. Suing is civil, not criminal.
2. "Considering criminal charges" (thinking without taking action) is NOT the same as "SUES" (past tense, as an action has occurred).

Seriously SaM, what the hell are you doing?

I have tried to refrain from commenting on every single story you post, but I literally cannot stand how misleading and inaccurate your reporting is.

Please consider taking some journalism classes, or simply just repost stories from credible writers who can provide sources, references, quotes, and report accurately.

Bring some class and professionalism to this site.

posted by (2013-06-15 07:40:15)
methadom avatar@timbo, in some countries, mostly europe i think. they are the same.
you can be sued for criminal charges over here.

posted by (2013-06-15 15:44:29)
Slipalck avatarStay off the internet if you can't take the pressure

posted by (2013-06-15 23:19:13)
No avatar@ Slipalck

So... hmmm...

"Stay off the internet if.. " will make this problem go away? This IS a recognizable problem now and your comment just doesn't ... I think you wasted time and worked your fingers for nothing. Basic for you, say nothing and stay off the internet in these important matters.

C'mon.. you know that the WWW is addictive to the young and old and you think that "if you can't take the pressure" fixes this issue then I think you should give a more respectful answer because I find that response rather unfruitful and very dull.

posted by (2013-06-16 00:22:06)
No avatar@ Timbo

The note is the note... seriously. You haven't even answered the note given. You can do us with a meaningful answer and just agree or disagree but give reasons why.

I would be good to not be so adamant and military about this but just give reasonable answers and show why? Does that make sense? I say that because I want to understand you comment.

posted by (2013-06-16 16:59:57)
No avatarBut, isn't that like blaming the phone company for some girl committing suicide if people called her up harassing/bullying her?
It seems that kids nowadays think that their "internet persona" is actually real. And that once that person is dead, so is the rest of their real life. Their whole lives revolve around a digital, cyber reality.

posted by (2013-06-16 20:15:34)
MyBigFloppyDisk avatar2 words...."IGNORE BUTTON" There are ways to handle online bullying, but some people, who want so bad to be liked and care more about reputation and self image a lil more than most, let it get to them to this degree. "Oh, hot, in-crowd girls don't spend time in the bathroom at parties" BULLSHIT! Look, it's sad it ended this way, really it is, and the boys who did the bullying should be dealt with, but there's not much you can do to FB sorry to say. Guaranteed they'll go with the " We got millions of vids to monitor"..yadda yadda yadda. These teens now-a-days need to be taught how to deal with being bullied and how to stop it, or more and more fragile egoed kids will wind up like this one.

posted by (2013-06-17 01:45:46)
skel1977 avatarItaly sues facebook? Hardly. Get your facts straight.

posted by (2013-06-17 02:37:33)
No avatarviva brindisi... there is no hitting ignore button ,... children must be protected! they are fragile!

posted by (2013-06-17 20:56:52)
No avatar@ timbo. Girl kills herself due to online bullying over facebook, and you're worried about how this article is presented? shows what kind of person you are. A girl died people, how would you feel if this was your child? Seriously, i dont get what has happened to people in this day and age.

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