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Facebook facing censorship lawsuit in France

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 14 Feb 2016 12:38 User comments (1)

Facebook facing censorship lawsuit in France

Thanks to a new court ruling, Facebook will have to face a censorship lawsuit brought by a French teacher whose Facebook account got suspended after he posted an image of a famous painting that includes a naked woman.
The painting, a 19th century classic from Gustave Courbet called L'Origine du monde is famous enough that it hangs in the Muse d'Orsay in Paris.

Claiming that the social network censored him, the teacher sued for 20,000 in damages. Facebook countered the suit by pointing out their Terms of Service which states that all users must sue "in the US District Court for the Northern District of California or a state court located in San Mateo County."

Last year, the Superior Court of Paris agreed that the ToS was "abusive" and "violated French consumer law by making it difficult for people in France to sue," and said the teacher could go ahead with the suit.

Facebook has pretty harsh rules about nudity and even uses human moderators in addition to algorithms to see which posts and images should be removed.


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114.2.2016 17:08

Oh man........screw with the France's art and there will be Hell to pay!

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