French court: Facebook may be prosecuted under French law

Feb

14

2016

The court in Paris ruled that Facebook may be prosecuted under French law. is included in the terms of the company that this is possible only under Californian law, but found the French courts unreasonable for users.

Facebook The case in question was brought by a French teacher in 2011, when Facebook had removed an image that was uploaded by him because it was in violation of the community guidelines. It represented an image of the nude painting “l’origine du monde ‘by French artist Gustave Courbet that hangs in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The teacher saw this as censorship, so reports the BBC.

He won the case at first instance, and Facebook appeal noted, arguing that French courts would not have jurisdiction to hear cases against the company, as it would only be in accordance with California law. Now, however, even the French court ruled in higher authority that this argument is not acceptable and that rule out the terms of Facebook ‘offensive’ and is contrary to French law.

Reuters reports further that Facebook also considered that there was no question of a consumer relationship with users, because it would make available a free service. That is what the French court earlier, however, said the company does indeed make great profit from the service, even though it is free to the user.

Facebook, the last time in the spotlight in France earlier this week suggested the French privacy regulator a deadline to stop violations of the Privacy Act. The provision on Californian law from the Facebook terms of use was Friday already the subject of a Belgian report that criticized the reference to a foreign court. It is not yet clear what will follow the report in Belgium.

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