Facebook slapped with the French lawsuit over hate speech failure

Reporters Without Borders, a media watchdog, announced on Tuesday that it has filed a lawsuit in France against Facebook that it violates its own terms and conditions by not protecting users from hate speech.

According to The Wire, the campaign group of Paris, known by its French RSF acronym, took Facebook to court for 'commercial misleading' practices.

The giant of the social networks in the United States has allowed hate speech on its site to be "massively multiplied," RSF said.

The watchdog says, while Facebook promises to provide "a secure, secure and error-free environment" for users as part of its service, it fails to do so because the site provides hateful content and misinformation.

The lawyer's complaint, as revealed by the AFP, is directed at Facebook France and Facebook Ireland, which are part of the company's French operation.

The complaint referred in particular to death threats to journalists posted on Facebook in the French mage Charlie Hebdo and to a French coronavirus pandemic widely debunked, "Hold Up."

In France companies that have performed misleading business practices are eligible for fines of up to 10% of their average annual income.

Because Facebook uses the same service terms everywhere, RSF added that it was considering "launching similar cases in other countries" as in a French court judgment "would have a global impact."

In recent months, giants in social media have confronted a barrage of lawsuits in France.

Earlier this month, 14 feminist activists brought to the courts Facebook, claiming that some of its posts had been deleted from Instagram and that other users had been allowed to harass them with impunity.

The target of a number of French lawsuits was also Twitter.

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