The main thing is that Facebook is in the sights of the NGO Reporters Without Borders, who accuse the social network of not complying with its obligation to “disseminate reliable information”. A complaint was filed about “misleading marketing practices”.
The NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announced on Tuesday that it was filing a complaint in France against Facebook for “misleading business practices”, arguing that the “massive spread” of hate speech and other false information on the social network was against the obligations of the EU platform for internet users.
That complaint was filed with the Paris prosecutor on Monday, RSF said in a statement. According to the organization for the defense of the freedom of the press, it is based on “the obvious contradiction between the obligations of the social network towards consumers and the reality of its functioning”.
The complaint is addressed to the subsidiaries Facebook France and Facebook Ireland, through which the group operates in France.
Evidence provided by RSF in support of its complaint includes death threats against Charlie Hebdo journalists or the release of videos such as the documentary “Hold Up” which is accused of spreading conspiratorial theories.
“Questionable Business Practice”
Several complaints have been filed against social networks in France in recent months. In early March, fourteen feminist activists sued Facebook in court, accusing its Instagram daughter of censoring some of her posts while users left pestering her with impunity. Competitor Twitter is also the subject of several proceedings.