French court rules it can hear cases brought against Facebook

A Paris court has ruled that it has the legal authority to judge a case against Facebook, which blocked the account of a French teacher who posted an image of a vulva.

The court ruled that the case came under its jurisdiction and Facebook’s clause forcing all users to agree that any litigation must be based in California, where the site is based, was “abusive”.

Facebook is being sued by a French man whose account was blocked after he posted a 19th-century picture by Gustave Courbet, The Origin of the World, depicting a vulva.

 

Country: France

Domains: IG

Stakeholder: Judicial

Tags: court case, blocking, social media, France, jurisdiction

Posted on Friday 6 March 2015

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