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Facebook's Nude Painting Censorship Case Can Be Tried in France: Court

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By    |   Friday, 12 Feb 2016 02:29 PM

Facebook can be tried in France in a dispute over the social media giant’s decision to block a French professor’s account after he posted a famous 19th century painting of a nude woman, a Paris appeals court determined Friday.

The appeals court upheld a March 2015 decision, ruling that the social network’s terms reserving disputes to a California court were “abusive,” Reuters reported.

The case involves French professor and art lover Frederic Durand-Baissas, whose account was suspended five years ago after he uploaded a picture of Gustave Courbet’s 1866 painting “The Origin of the World,” The Associated Press reported.

"This is a case of free speech and censorship on a social network," Durand-Baissas told the AP. "If [Facebook] can't see the difference between an artistic masterpiece and a pornographic image, we in France [can]."

The 57-year-old teacher is seeking $22,550 in damages and the reactivation of his account.

Attorneys for Facebook had argued that such lawsuits could only be heard by a specific court in Santa Clara, California, according to the AP.

Durand-Baissas’ lawyer, Stephane Cottineau, told the wire agency that the ruling sends a message to all "web giants that they will have now to answer for their possible faults in French courts."

"On one hand, Facebook shows a total permissiveness regarding violence and ideas conveyed on the social network. And on the other hand, (it) shows an extreme prudishness regarding the body and nudity," he said.

Twitter users shared mixed reactions.






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Facebook can be tried in France in a dispute over the social media giant’s decision to block a French professor’s account after he posted a famous 19th century painting of a nude woman, a Paris appeals court determined Friday.
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