International Law in Brief
EU Court Rules That Facebook Can Be Ordered to Remove Content or Block It Worldwide
By: Justine N. Stefanelli | October 3, 2019 - 10:32am
On October 3, 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (C.J.E.U.) issued its judgment in Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek v. Facebook Ireland Ltd., interpreting the EU E-Commerce Directive at the request of the Austrian Supreme Court. According to a press release from the C.J.E.U., host providers, such as Facebook, maybe ordered to remove or block access to information which it stores, the content of which is identical or equivalent to the content of information previously declared as unlawful. In addition, it may be required to remove or to block access to such information on a worldwide basis “within the framework of the relevant international law.” The case will now be returned to the Austrian Supreme Court for a final judgment.