May 31, 2017

German court rejects parents' access to dead teenager's Facebook account

A court in Germany has ruled that the parents of a dead teenage girl have no right to access their daughter's Facebook account. Facebook argued that opening up the account would compromise the privacy of the teenager's contacts. An appeals court has now ruled in favour of Facebook, saying that a contract existed between the girl and the social media company and that it ended with her death. Facebook has recently faced increased scrutiny in Germany, especially over its handling of hate speech and fake news on the platform. German officials last month approved plans to levy heavy fines on social media firms if they fail to remove inappropriate comments and content quickly.

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