In a landmark ruling that Facebook said threatens freedom of expression, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said on Wednesday that there is nothing in EU current law stopping Facebook from searching and deleting duplicate posts of content that has been declared illegal.
The court said the searches and deletion can be done in the EU but also worldwide should national courts demand it.
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The ECJ was asked to provide clarity on the scope of platforms’ responsibility for illegal content after the question was referred by Austria’s High Court.
The case came about after a Green party politician in Austria sued Facebook, demanding the platform remove defamatory posts about her from a user and similar duplicate material.
EU policymakers are considering extending new technology regulation that aims to clarify the level of responsibility that social media companies have for illegal content posted by users.