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Facebook could be forced to remove 'offensive' content posted in Europe - such as hate speech or defamation - and then search for similar posts spread elsewhere in the world, should a new EU ruling go ahead.
Legal expert Maciej Szpunar, an advocate general at the EU Court of Justice, revealed that social media platforms like Facebook could be required to track down posts similar to content that an EU court has deemed illegal.
Ruling - Months - Media - Companies - Posts
The new ruling, which could go ahead in the next few months, would be designed to help clarify how social media companies should police posts made by users worldwide. It would also seek to establish how far-reaching EU law could go to protect its social media users.
In his legal opinion, Mr Szpunar said companies like Facebook can be ordered by a court 'to seek and identify, among all the information disseminated by users of that platform, the information identical to the information that has been characterized as illegal.'
Dispute - Facebook - Case - User - Article
The underlying dispute in the Facebook case concerns a user who shared an online article on their personal page about Austrian Greens politician Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek.
The user put a disparaging comment about Glawischnig-Piesczek under a 'thumbnail' photo from the article so she took legal action to make Facebook stop the comment from spreading.
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An Austrian court ruled that the comments were...
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