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Refugee sues Facebook over fake news

AFP
Published Feb 7, 2017, 7:15 am IST
Updated Feb 7, 2017, 7:18 am IST
His selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been repeatedly manipulated to link him to violent jihad.
Anas Modamani talks to the media on Monday.
 Anas Modamani talks to the media on Monday.

Wurzburg, Germany: A Syrian refugee whose selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been repeatedly manipulated to link him to violent jihad will take Facebook to court on Monday for spreading defamatory fake news.

Anas Modamani, 19, argues the US social media giant has failed to take down doctored images that have falsely linked him to, among other things, deadly attacks in Brussels and Berlin last year. He will seek an injunction against Facebook Ireland Limited, the group’s European subsidiary, to take down another montage.

 

Trolls have cut and pasted Modamani’s picture into wanted posters and on fake news reports, alleging the refugee made famous by the Merkel selfie had turned out to be a terrorist.

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