FB to face legal action for banning French user for posting naked artwork

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New Delhi, Feb.14 (ANI): Social networking giant Facebook may be sued in France for removing a user’s account for posting an image of a 19th-century painting of a woman’s genitalia, a Paris court said.

Parisian teacher Frederic Durand-Baïssas’ Facebook account was suspended without notice five years ago for posting Gustave Courbet’s 1866 painting ‘The Origin of the World’, which depicts female genitalia.

Meanwhile, the Paris court has dismissed Facebook’s appeal that the case should be heard exclusively in California, where the company is based, the independent reported.

“On one hand, Facebook shows a total permissiveness regarding violence and ideas conveyed on the social network. And on the other hand, it shows an extreme prudishness regarding the body and nudity”, Durand-Baïssas’ lawyer Stephane Cottineau said. (ANI)

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