Mar 7, 2017

'Selfie refugee' loses Facebook defamation case in Germany

Facebook deleted some malicious posts but Mr Modamani wanted an injunction forcing the company to actively identify and remove such posts rather than wait for users to flag them. However the Wuerzburg court ruled that although the posts were "Undisputable defamation", Facebook had not created the slanderous content itself, and so was not required to actively seek and delete the posts. Facebook has faced criticism over its handling of fake news stories and recently launched filtering systems in the US, Germany and France. In France, Facebook has joined forces with Google and eight news organisations to launch fact-checking tools to root out fake news ahead of the country's presidential election in April. Germany, which has elections in September, is considering fining Facebook for every fake news article it fails to remove.

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