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Facebook to Challenge Court Order to Undo Page Termination

Facebook to Challenge Court Order to Undo Page Termination

On Thursday, an Israeli district court ordered the social network to reinstate a popular Israeli page removed three years ago due to paid content violations

Lilach Baumer | 19:09  17.12.2017
Update: Cutting it close to the 6 p.m. Sunday deadline set by a Tel Aviv district court judge on Thursday, Facebook has submitted a request for a stay of execution to the Supreme Court of Israel in Jerusalem. The company and its Irish subsidiary, both defendants in the case, also submitted a request for a permission to appeal.

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On Thursday, an Israeli district court ordered the social network to reinstate a page removed three years ago, called “Twitting Posts.” Once the most popular Israeli Facebook page, home to memes, cat videos and human interest stories, Facebook removed the page without warning in 2015 after an Israeli media outlet revealed that its operators were paid for some of the posts. The company refused to reinstate the page since.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: EPA Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: EPA Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: EPA

Following Thursday’s ruling, which also ordered facebook to pay the plaintiffs NIS 75,000 in court costs and NIS 150,000 in lawyer fees within 30 days, Facebook submitted a request for a short-term stay of execution to the same district court. The motion was denied, leading the social network to appeal to a higher court.

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Facebook is asking for an extension of 14 days or less to ready its appeal.
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