May 30, 2017

Swiss court convicts man over 'defamatory' Facebook likes

A court in Switzerland has fined a man for "Liking" comments deemed to be defamatory that were posted on Facebook. The Zurich district court said the defendant "Clearly endorsed the unseemly content and made it his own" by liking comments. Mr Kessler is reported to have sued more than a dozen people over various comments made on Facebook in 2015. A lawyer for one of the other people sued by Mr Kessler said the ruling could "Have a large impact" despite being from a regional court. Amr Abdelaziz said the Swiss courts needed to offer clarity to social media users and warned freedom of expression could be jeopardised if courts want to prosecute people over Facebook "Likes".

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