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Facebook faces Legal Jolt in top EU Court

Team SoOLEGAL 7 Oct 2019 5:30pm

Image courtesy: moneycontrol.com Facebook faces Legal Jolt in top EU Court

A European Union Court on Wednesday has caused a considerable jolt to one of the biggest online social media platform, Facebook Inc., by observing that the domestic courts of Europe are authorized to direct online platforms to ruled that national courts in Europe can order online platforms to erase or clear away defamatory content internationally.

The court opined that the European law does not preclude the domestic courts from ordering the removal or erasing of calumnious content or information or to block its access globally.

The decision can be viewed as an achievement for the European based regulatory authorities who are in favor of tightening standards for US tech giants who tend to spread hate speech and offensive content online.

On contrary terms, the same court, had last week ruled out that worldwide tech major, Google was not legitimately constrained to apply the strict right to be forgotten rules laid down by European authorities globally which resulted in a winning step for the top search engine website.

The current matter was first presented before an Australian Court by a Greens party politician who requested the removal of such Facebook posts that were in derogatory nature against her and were viewed by the facebook users around the globe.

The Australian court then referred the case to the Apex Court of Europe for an opinion and judgment.

The instant judgment is not appealable and would now be used as a precedent all over Europe.

By way of the present decision, Facebook and other similar online social platforms could face higher accountability and great care to supervise content being shared on their platforms and take down any such violating, hateful or offensive content.

The European authorities are also envisioned to introduce stringent measures which could include heavy fines and penalties in case Facebook or any other platforms fail to comply with such directions.

Tagged: Facebook   European Union   Top Court  
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