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10/3/2019, 11:24 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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EU court rules Facebook can be forced to censor hate speech

Europe's top court ruled on Thursday that social media giant Facebook can be ordered to censor hate speech from users in the European Union, including restricting global access to posts deemed illegal by other courts in the bloc.

"EU law does not preclude a host provider like Facebook from being ordered to remove identical and, in certain circumstances, equivalent comments previously declared to be illegal," the European Court of Justice said in a statement.

"EU law does not preclude such an injunction from producing effects worldwide, within the framework of the relevant international law which it is for Member States to take into account," it added.

Facebook previously said that the case threatens the freedom of speech online as under today's ruling one country can demand that the company delete material in other countries as well.

Breaking the News / JC