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Green MP: Renate Künast achieves success in lawsuit against Facebook group Meta

In the dispute over a meme with a false quote, Green Party politician Renate Künast achieved legal success against Facebook parent company Meta. The Frankfurt Higher Regional Court rejected an appeal from Meta. The court essentially shares the opinion of the lower court, said the presiding judge.

The Frankfurt Regional Court had previously determined that Künast could demand that a specific meme with a false quote attributed to her be blocked on the social network. The network also has to delete variants of this meme with the same core content without further reference to the respective Internet address. “This means that those affected by viral defamations will finally receive effective legal protection,” said Künast’s lawyer Matthias Pilz after the verdict was announced. “Social media must comprehensively delete rights violations once they have been notified of them.”

Künast shouldn’t receive any compensation

The Künast regional court also granted monetary compensation of 10,000 euros. However, the Higher Regional Court rejected this in its decision with reference to the legal question that was still unresolved at the time.

Internet users had published a picture of Künast on Facebook with a false quote about integration attached: “Integration begins with you as a German learning Turkish.” The post was also published in different versions, for example with a different layout and a different web address. The decision of the Higher Regional Court is not yet legally binding.

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