An Austrian court orders Facebook to remove and take down all the Hate Posts on their official website and it should not be only in Austria but worldwide!
The case was brought by Austria’s Green party last year after posts insulting its leader appeared on the social network. MP Eva Glawischnig was called a “rotten traitor” and a “corrupt tramp” by the fake profile.
The party claims that despite repeated requests, the content wasn’t taken down. Reports has it that Facebook appealed the decision, but the Viennese appeals court has strengthened the earlier ruling. Any verbatim reposts must now also be removed, and the company must delete them globally, rather than only blocking them in Austria.
Additionally, the party is calling for the identities behind the fake accounts to be revealed and is asking Facebook to pay damages, arguing that doing so would encourage hate post victims to pursue legal action against the company.
“Facebook must put up with the accusation that it is the world’s biggest platform for hate and that it is doing nothing against this,” said Green parliamentarian Dieter Brosz