People Sue Facebook For Suspending User Account Over Nude Painting
French court ruled that Facebook could be sued for suspending an account of a user who posted a picture of nude painting.
Facebook is defeated in an important legal war as a court in Paris ruled that a lawsuit could be filed in France regarding its decision to remove a French user’s account who got a picture of popular 19th century nude painting.
The judgment given by the Paris appeal court in France sets a legal precedent in the member state of EU, where the social network has regular users over 30 million, though an appeal could be filed against it to the apex court of the country.
It indicates that now a court in France will be entitled for hearing the case of a 57-year-old art lover and Parisian teacher, whose account on Facebook was suspended 5 years ago without a prior notice.
On that day, a picture of Gustave Courbet’s1866 painting ‘The Origin of the World’, which depicts female genitalia, was posted by him. He is interested in getting his account reactivated and demands $31,247(20,000 Euros) to compensate the damages suffered by him.
The Californian organization, which has not provided a justification for suspending the account, could not be reached to share its views following the judgment. Its advocates have provided the arguments that a particular Californian court is only eligible of hearing lawsuits like those and consumer rights legislation of France can’t be applied to them using Facebook in France because it is offering its worldwide service free of charge.
A Paris appeal court rejected those arguments and a decision of the lower court was upheld that ruled French courts are eligible to hear cases involving users of Facebook in France. The appeal court stated the small clause in terms and conditions of the company requiring lawsuits across the world to be listened by the Santa Clara Court is excessive and “unfair”.
This is not the first time Facebook battled over the borders of pornography and nudity. Public in the Western European country was not provided an opportunity to view the picture until 1995, when it was acquired by Musee d’Orsay in the French capital.
Fortune reported that a person from Florida claimed that Facebook violated a federal regulation by sending illegal text messages regarding birthdays of friends, and has sought $1500 per message on behalf of other users of the platform and himself. The social media network has brought many blessings and curse with it. It claims to connect the world but causes damages to some in its course.