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Italian court rules CasaPound has a constitutional right to use Facebook

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Analysis. The judge said Facebook occupies a ‘special position’ in that the social network is an essential part of ‘the Italian political debate.’ Facebook had banned Italy’s extreme right party from the platform for spreading hate and inspiring attacks.

written by Giansandro Merli

Topic Italy

December 14, 2019

On Thursday, a civil court in Rome ruled that Facebook Ireland Ltd. must reactivate the page of CasaPound Italy (CPI) and the personal profile of Davide Di Stefano, its administrator. The judge also ruled that for each day of delay after the company was made aware of the court order, Facebook would have to pay the plaintiffs €800 as compensation.

The case comes after Facebook’s actions on Sept. 9, when it deleted dozens of pages and personal profiles related to the organization headquartered in Rome, Via Napoleone III, as well as to Forza Nuova. At the time, the company justified its........

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