Facebook In Legal Trouble After Censoring That 19th Century Painting (NSFW)

January 24, 2015 1:49 AM

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Social media giant Facebook has been taken to court by a French user whose account was closed down after he posted an image of Courbet's racy painting L'Origine du Monde (1866). According to Le Figaro, the world-famous oil-on-canvas was part of a promo for an art history video about the artwork, broadcasted by the highbrow TV channel Arte.

The plaintiff, a Parisian schoolteacher described by his lawyer Stéphane Cottineau as “a decent man, cultivated, and attached to the transmission of knowledge," is seeking the reactivation of his Facebook account as well as €20,000 in damages.

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