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Germany’s Federal Court Thursday ruled that Facebook’s deletion of racist comments and the blocking of some user accounts was done improperly and ordered the comments reinstated.

The ruling stems from incidents in 2018 in which two German Facebook users had certain posts deleted and their accounts temporarily suspended because the posts had violated Facebook’s community standards for hate speech. The posts in question attacked Muslim migrants to Germany as criminals. While lower courts had ruled in favor of Facebook, the Federal Court reversed those rulings, determining that the company’s community standards policy violated the users’ right to free expression.

Importantly, the court did not rule that Facebook cannot be allowed to moderate posts on its site, rather, the court ruled that the company must be more transparent about how it decides what violates its policies and what does not. The court further ruled that Facebook should have…

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