An Austrian court has ruled that Facebook must delete hate speech postings worldwide and that Austrian law can be applied to lawsuits against the social media website.
Maria Windhager, a lawyer for an Austrian politician, said Monday's ruling is a rebuff to the social media giant's claims that any court actions against it can be heard only in California or Ireland, where Facebook's world and European headquarters are located.
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Windhager represents Greens politician Eva Glawischnig, who went to court over comments about her posted through a fake profile.
The Austria Press Agency says Monday's decision arose from Facebook's appeal of a lower court ruling ordering it to delete the postings.
Facebook did not immediately comment on the decision.