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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Facebook Will Be Sued in France over Account Blocking

Facebook Will Be Sued in France over Account Blocking

Facebook Will Be Sued in France over Account Blocking

Added: Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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The Paris appeal court has ruled that the social network can be sued in the country over its blocking of the account of a French user for posting a picture of Gustave Courbet’s 1866 painting The Origin of the World, which depicts female genitalia, 5 years ago. This court decision could set a legal precedent in France, where 30 million people regularly use Facebook.


The appeal court now gave the permission to a French court to hear the case of the 57-year-old Parisian teacher whose account was suspended by Facebook without notice 5 years ago. His page was blocked after he posted a famous 19th-century nude painting.

The teacher is still trying to get his account reactivated and demands Facebook to compensate him €20,000 in damages. As for the social network, it has not given an explanation for the suspension and provided no comment after the ruling. Facebook’s legal team claimed that only a specific court in California, where Facebook is headquartered, could hear such lawsuits. They also argued that French consumer rights law couldn’t apply to its French users because its worldwide service is free. However, the Paris appeal court dismissed those arguments and upheld a lower court’s ruling that local courts are entitled to hear cases involving users in France.

The judges decided that the small clause included in the terms and conditions of the service that requires any worldwide lawsuits to be heard by the California court was “unfair and excessive”. Besides, the court explained that the terms and conditions contract signed by any user before setting up a Facebook account falls under the local consumer rights law.

The lawyer of the affected user claimed that the recent ruling was a great satisfaction after 5 years of legal action. According to the industry experts, this court ruling can send a message to all tech giants that “they will have now to answer for their possible faults in French courts”. The teacher who fights Facebook for such a long time pointed out that on one hand, Facebook shows a total permissiveness regarding violence and ideas conveyed on its network, while on the other hand the company “shows an extreme prudishness” regarding the body and nudity.

It is known that the French government has urged tech giants to remove violent extremist content from their networks, especially after the deadly attacks in Paris in 2015.

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Date:  Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-02-16 23:00:07)
DJtroy avatarFree? the service is free!!!??? I guess perspective is a powerful way to prism the same world we share into different views. Facebook may not cost upfront money anymore than a free to play game design system, but you pay. You pay in time, in targeted ads, in the fact that facebook will always use your personal data and never delete one bit of it from servers. Nothing is free in this world from the perspective of truth. They make money they couldn't make without users, commercial accounts only exist thx to the foundation of "free" users. Cheap legal defense of the service is free because there is not apparent cost is garbage. The most powerful knowledgeable people on the internet don't have facebook accounts, they likely don't even use any email service. Every cookie is tracked, every ip logged. If your making money it pays to have good legal, proper legal can save or make you a great deal more money for the investment second only to lobby dollars in the american government system. Nothing pays higher returns on investment than that friends. Knowledge is power. How we use power is morality they integrity and character. Love these informative non mainstream articles. Thx et and torrentfreak

posted by (2016-02-17 04:15:27)
YngBlondboy avatar@1. Maybe he spent a grip of cash on those lame FB games and wants a refund.. IDK... I stopped using FB years ago..

posted by Blocked (2016-02-19 02:53:20)
No avatarJust a tip to Facebook users. Maybe not regarding this particular lawsuit, but, to the real name policy:
Start with, change your hometown, and current location to an area of Germany. Germany SUCCESSFULLY sued Facebook to no longer allow the enforcement of it's "real name policy". By doing this, you can at least avoid them demanding you upload a birth certificate or a government issued ID card, to prove your identity. NSABook, can eat a dick then.

posted by (2016-02-19 05:31:19)
Cerebus1972 avatarIt is pretty damn retarded that Facebook allows graphic violence, including animal mutilation and Isis beheadings, yet bans someone for putting up drawings of naked people. This makes no sense at all.

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