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Facebook Loses German Top Court Case Over Fake-Name Accounts (1)

Jan. 27, 2022, 10:21 AM

Meta Platforms Inc.’s Facebook was wrong to deny two Germans the right to use invented names on their Facebook accounts, the nation’s top civil court ruled.

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice said that the cases are governed by the law at the time of the initial dispute -- predating the revamped European Union data privacy legislation that took effect in May 2018. Facebook had argued the new EU rules allow the platform to make customers use their real names.

A Meta spokeswoman said the ruling is based on an outdated legal framework.

“Facebook is a platform where people communicate ...

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