His selfie with Angela has been used in countless fake news articles shared on Facebook. Anas Modamani says he now lives in fear. But his case against Facebook, trying to force the company to take down all libelous posts, has been dismissed.
Facebook does not have to actively seek and delete defamatory posts linked to Anas Modamani, a court has ruled. The Syrian filed a case after his selfie with Angela Merkel was manipulated to link him to Islamist attacks.
A Syrian refugee in Germany - famous for a selfie he took with Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2015 - is taking Facebook to court. His motive is to stop the circulation of fake news posts showing his face.
Anas Modamani has lost his injunction lawsuit against internet giant Facebook over fake posts about him. It was a bad decision, DW's Martin Muno writes, but that wasn't the court's fault.
Countless reports about criminal refugees circulate on the internet. Most are simply made up, but they are not without purpose. A number of digital initiatives are attempting to counter the false reports.
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