Landmark case: Swedish court fines man for not deleting hate speech on Facebook

Patrik Markström, one of the administrators of the Facebook group Stå Upp För Sverige (Stand Up For Sweden), faced court for not deleting eight “grossly insulting” comments made by other people in the group.

Eskilstuna District Court said in a statement on Tuesday that it agreed with the prosecutor that the comments were clearly to be considered acts of agitation against ethnic groups.

Markström denied responsibility, saying he had not seen the comments.

However, according to the verdict seen by The Local, the court found that he must have seen six of these comments himself and actively intended not to remove them. The other two comments had also been brought to his attention, but he “remained passive” and showed “gross negligence” by not deleting them.

The court based its ruling on Sweden’s law on bulletin board systems, which states that a person who provides such a forum could also be responsible for what is written by other users.

The law dates back to the late 1990s, before Facebook existed, but the court ruled that the social media site falls under the same legislation – a decision that could set a legal precedent in Sweden.

Legal experts said they believe the case could be appealed to Sweden’s Supreme Court.

https://www.thelocal.se/20190626/landmark-case-swedish-court-fines-man-for-not-deleting-hate-speech-from-facebook-group

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