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Facebook will have to face a censorship lawsuit over a 19th century oil painting of a woman’s genitalia, a Paris appeals court ruled on Friday.
The ruling favored a French teacher whose Facebook account was suspended when he posted an image (NSFW) of a famous Gustave Courbet painting called L’Origine du monde. The portrait depicts a woman naked from the waist down at a graphic angle, and it hangs in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
The teacher claimed that Facebook censored him, and he is asking for €20,000 (or about $22,500) in damages. Facebook countered that the man’s lawsuit was invalid because Facebook’s Terms of Service stipulate (section 15) that all users must resolve disputes with the social network, “in the US District Court for the Northern District of California or a state court located in San Mateo County.”
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