Facebook Fined $77K by Argentine Court for Failing to Delete Alleged Defamatory Groups

Facebook found itself in a fine mess in Argentina, as PanAm Post reported that a Rosario court ordered the social network to pay compensation of $77,000 for failing to delete groups that allegedly defamed a local resident.

ArgentinaFlag650Facebook found itself in a fine mess in Argentina, as PanAm Post reported that a Rosario court ordered the social network to pay compensation of $77,000 for failing to delete groups that allegedly defamed a local resident.

According to PanAm Post, Civil Judge Carlos Eduardo Cadierno also ruled that Facebook is liable for an additional $3,800 for every month that it refuses to comply with the order.

Facebook Argentina is expected to appeal the ruling, PanAm Post reported.

According to PanAm Post, the case began in November 2013, when a member of the city’s voluntary firefighters corps requested that a local tribunal order the social network to shutter several groups that shared personal and professional attacks against him. Facebook has ignored the requests to date.

The local resident’s attorney, Ezequiel Zabale, told PanAm Post:

Facebook has always made excuses for not complying with this resolution, ranging from a supposed violation of freedom of expression to the alleged impossibility of taking this decision in Argentina.

This decision seeks to oblige Facebook to finally comply with the judicial ruling compelling it to close those profiles used to attack my client, who in making this judicial claim never sought financial gain.

Readers: How do you think this case will play out?

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