|Author (Corporate)||Court of Justice of the European Union|
|Content Type||News, Overview|
Judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the removal of comments by Facebook which are proven to be identical to defamatory comments found to be illegal.
Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek sued Facebook in the Austrian courts. Ms Glawischnig-Piesczek sought an order that Facebook removed a comment published by a user on that social network harmful to her reputation, and allegations which were identical and/or of an equivalent content. Against this background, the Austrian Supreme Court (Oberster Gerichtshof) requested in March 2018 the CJEU to interpret Directive 2000/31/EC on electronic commerce.
The Opinion of the Advocate-General of the CJEU was published on 4 June 2019. The judgment of the Court on 3 October states that EU law does not preclude a host provider from being ordered to remove identical and, in certain circumstances, equivalent comments previously declared to be illegal. Morever, EU law does not preclude such an injunction from producing effects worldwide, within the framework of the relevant international law which it is for Member States to take into account.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry|
|Subject Tags||Social Media | Networks|
|Keywords||CJEU Judgements, Facebook
|Countries / Regions||Austria|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|