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German Court Backs Facebook in Syrian Refugee’s Case Over Merkel Selfie

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A German district court rejected an injunction filed by a Syrian refugee against Facebook demanding that the social network delete copies of his selfie with Chancellor Angela Merkel, local media reported Tuesday.

Anas Modamani with Angela Merkel - Sputnik International
Famous Refugee Who Took Selfie With Merkel Sues Facebook for 'False News'
BERLIN (Sputnik) — The court in Wuerzburg ruled Facebook did not have to proactively delete all posts featuring the claimant’s selfie with Merkel, which sprouted a series of fake news that linked him to extremist violence, the DPA news agency said.

Anas Modamani, a Syrian from Damascus, made the selfie at a Berlin refugee center soon after coming to Germany in 2015. The photo quickly became a symbol of Merkel’s controversial open-door policy on refugees.

The picture was then reposted anonymously on Facebook alongside stories that implicated him in the bombing of a Brussels airport, the truck attack at a Berlin Christmas market and setting a homeless man ablaze. The Syrian said it made life for him harder and asked the justice system to interfere.

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