A 149 year old painting of a vagina is at the centre of groundbreaking legal ruling in France regarding censorship on the social networking site Facebook.
Last week, the High Court in Paris set a legal precedent by ruling that California based Facebook can be taken to court in France.
This followed the case of a French man whose Facebook account was suspended because he posted an image of a famous painting of a woman’s vagina.
The painting, I’Origine du Monde, which is by Gustave Courbet, dates back to 1866 and is currently on display at the Musée d’Orsay.
The image was deemed to be inappropriate for the social network site and was removed.
According to France 24, the man, whose name has not been disclosed for legal reasons, claimed that in closing down his Facebook profile, his right to freedom of expression had been compromised due to the fact that Facebook mistook the picture for poronography rather than art.
However, the High Court in Paris disagreed and ruled that the case can be heard in a French court, calling the clause in Facebook’s terms “abusive”.
The landmark ruling, which could set an important precedent for Facebook in other countries around the world, was described as a “first victory won by David against Goliath”, by Stephane Cottineau, the French man’s lawyer.
“This decision will create jurisprudence for other social media and other internet giants who use their being headquartered abroad, mainly in the United States, to attempt to evade French law,” Mr Cottineau added.
Facebook has said that it is aware of the ruling and is considering what to do in terms of a response.
Source: France 24 with AFP
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