Facebook Can Be Forced to Delete Content Worldwide, E.U.'s Top Court Rules
Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 04/10/2019 18:25
Europe’s top court said on Thursday that individual countries can order Facebook to take down posts, photographs and videos not only in their own countries but elsewhere, in a ruling that extends the reach of the region’s internet-related laws beyond its own borders.
The European Court of Justice said Facebook could be forced to remove a post globally by a national court in the European Union’s 28-member bloc if the content was determined to be defamatory or otherwise illegal. Its decision cannot be appealed.
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