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Facebook and Google a Tale of Two European Rulings

Posted on the 05 October 2019 by Worldwide @thedomains
Facebook Eu ruling

Two recent rulings have come out of Europe that have one Tech giant (Google) happy and another (Facebook) with potentially a lot of extra work to do to comply with European law.

Facebook has now been told that EU courts can now force them to remove ‘illegal comments’ worldwide.

The Next Web wrote:

“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 EU’s top court declared.

Europe’s top court, the CJEU, has ruled that Facebook must now remove any comments EU courts deem illegal worldwide (such as hate speech), making sure they’re completely removed from its platform, Reuters reports.

Now of course everyone should be against hate speech but others have also warned this could lead to a slippery slope and get involved with copyright.

Philip James, a technology lawyer with Sheridans in London, told Bloomberg

“Whilst the current case focuses on hateful content, rather than copyright, there is a growing trend for the courts to fall favorably towards rights holders and those affected by hate speech,”

Google right to be forgotten

Google got a victory with regards to the right to be forgotten legislation in Europe. Google argued if the right to be forgotten was applied globally, it would risk abuse by authoritarian governments.

The Next Web wrote:

Google just won a case in Europe’s top court (CJEU) over the EU‘s right to be forgotten. The court confirmed that the search engine giant would only need to remove reported links from search results in Europe — not globally — the BBC reports.

Már Másson Maack covered both of these stories for TheNextWeb.com.


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