On Facebook, the plaintiff shared a story with controversial content and questionable sincerity about the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday, a Peruvian judge admitted to addressing a lawsuit filed by a lawyer against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, which demanded compensation from him in the amount of $300,000 for suspending his account on this social network for 30 days after publishing unconfirmed information about the virus-19.
Judge Lila Fuentes, of the Fourth Civil Court of the Supreme Court of Justice in Piura, a region in northern Peru, summoned plaintiff’s attorney Juan Mejia and Zuckerberg for a telephone hearing on June 17, 2022 through the Google Meet platform, a direct competition from Facebook.
In his lawsuit, Mejía asserts that his right to freedom of expression was violated when Facebook left him unable to interact for a month on this social network for violating its rules, by sharing a news story with controversial content and questionable honesty about the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the May 13, 2021 post that led to this lawsuit, Mejia stated that the coronavirus that caused the covid-19 health emergency was created in a Chinese laboratory to harm the world’s economies and that this country should take responsibility for millions. of deaths worldwide.
Although the Chinese government has always categorically rejected conspiracy theories, there is still no conclusive data on the origin of the coronavirus, and since May 27, 2021, Facebook has stopped vetoing posts that attributed the beginning of the epidemic to the human hand. in the laboratory.
The social network created by Zuckerberg made this decision after learning of an intelligence report from the United States that reported the hospitalization of several researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (China) in November 2019.
However, new attempts by the World Health Organization to conduct further investigations into the origin of the coronavirus have so far been halted by the Chinese government, which feels that it is a victim of “politicizing” the case.
Thus, Judge Fuentes ordered that Zuckerberg be notified through diplomatic channels and gave him an initial period of ten days to present his defense arguments in writing.
This suit was initially dismissed by a judge in July 2021 because Mejia did not submit her complaint translated into English, giving her ten days to correct the note and re-evaluate the note, which was finally accepted to address this matter. Wednesday. (I)
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