Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Don't associate me with Merkel! Syrian refugee takes Facebook to court over selfie

 Berlin based Anas Modamani has taken out an injunction
A SYRIAN refugee who posed for a selfie with Angela Merkel is taking Facebook to court to stop his image being circulated.Berlin based Anas Modamani has taken out an injunction in a bid to protect himself from a migrant backlash in Germany. On Monday, February 6, the district court of Würzburg will hold a public hearing on the application for an interim injunction against the Facebook in Europe. The Syrian became famous after he took a selfie with Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to a shelter in the German capital in September 2015.Mr Modamani claims he has been the subject of a hate campaign after his photograph was circulated and he was falsely accused of being involved in an attack on a homeless person in Berlin last month. Seven migrants, all from Libya and Syria, allegedly attacked a homeless man and tried to set him on fire in a subway station on Christmas day.All of the men were arrested after they were caught on CCTV and their photographs were widely circulated. In the legal action, Mr Modamani's lawyer hopes to pursue Facebook for a £216,000 fine for allowing the allegedly defamatory circulation of the photo. The lawyer Chan-jo Jun is also attempting to pursue Facebook in Germany as opposed to what he calls a "cat and mouse game" by having to pursue the tech firm in jurisdiction in its European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.The specialist IT lawyer lawyer has previously acted in multiple actions against Facebook. He is also said to be behind complaints to the Munich prosecutor's office in relation to racism on the site. German prosecutors confirmed in November they are investigating Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives.The specialist IT lawyer lawyer has previously acted in multiple actions against Facebook. He is also said to be behind complaints to the Munich prosecutor's office in relation to racism on the site. German prosecutors confirmed in November they are investigating Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives.Mr Jun alleged in his September complaint that executives be compelled to comply with anti-hate speech laws by deleting racist or violent postings from its site.
 http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/752591/Merkel-selfie-refugee-court-over-Facebook-slurs

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