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Anas Modamani Facebook Selfie Will Keep On Haunting Him

Image: Anas Modamani Facebook Selfie Will Keep On Haunting Him

German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses with Anas Modamani. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 12:45 PM

Anas Modamani's injunction against Facebook seeking deletion of doctored photos was rejected when a German court ruled on Tuesday that the social media wasn't obligated to go out if its way to do so.

Modamani charged that a selfie he took with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a Berlin refugee center in September 2015 has been repeatedly doctored and used on social media to claim he was behind terrorist attacks and other crimes around Europe, reported The Guardian.

Modamani filed for a preliminary injunction against Facebook Europe to force the social media company from publishing the photos of him.

A German court in Wurzburg, though, ruled that Facebook was "neither a perpetrator or participant in the smears," thus was not obligated to proactively find and delete the fake photographs.

"We appreciate that this is a very difficult situation for Mr. Modamani," said a Facebook representative, according to the tech website CNET. "That is why we quickly disabled access to content that has been accurately reported to us by Mr. Modamani's legal representatives, and will continue to respond quickly to valid reports of the content at issue from Mr. Modamani's legal representatives."

"We are pleased that the court shares our view that legal action was not merited or the most effective way to resolve the situation."

Modamani's attorney, Chan-jo Jun, told The New York Times that the attention has resulted in a drop in threats against his client since late December even though some fake images of him are still circulating on Facebook.

"We learned a lot from this case," Jun said after the ruling. "People have learned that Mr. Modamani is not a terrorist. We lawyers have learned that we cannot help victims of libel and slander with the laws we have. But we have learned which laws have to be changed."

One post that was shared at least 940 times on Facebook charged that Modamani was one of three suspects who set fire to a homeless man, using his Merkel selfie as one of the photos in the message, said the Times.

"Homeless man set alight in Berlin. Merkel took a selfie with one of the perpetrators," read a statement in German above the post, per the Times.

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Anas Modamani's injunction against Facebook seeking deletion of doctored photos was rejected when a German court ruled on Tuesday that the social media wasn't obligated to go out if its way to do so.
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