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A Peruvian judge admitted this Wednesday for processing aLawyer’s lawsuit against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, to whom he claims compensation of 300,000 dollars for having suspended his account on this social network for 30 days after spreading unconfirmed information about covid-19.
Judge Lila Fuentes, of the Fourth Civil Court of the Superior Court of Justice of Piura, northern region of Peru, summoned plaintiff attorney Juan Mejía and Zuckerberg for a hearing by teleconference to be held on June 17, 2022 through the Google Meet platform, direct competition from Facebook.
Mejía maintains in his claim that their right to freedom of expression was violated when Facebook It left him unable to interact for a month on this social network for having violated its rules, by sharing a news item with controversial content and dubious veracity about the origin of the covid-19 pandemic.
In the May 13, 2021 publication that gave rise to this lawsuit, Mejía affirmed that the coronavirus causing the covid-19 health emergency had been created in a laboratory in China to damage the economies of the world and that this country should take responsibility for the millions of deaths globally.
Although conspiracy theories have always been flatly and emphatically rejected by the Chinese government, there is still no conclusive data on the origin of the coronavirus, and since May 27, 2021, Facebook stopped vetoing posts that attributed the start of the pandemic to the human hand in a laboratory.
The social network created by Zuckerberg made that decision after learning of an intelligence report from the United States that reported the hospitalizations of several researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (China) in November 2019.
However, the new attempts by the World Health Organization (WHO) to carry out further investigations into the origin of the coronavirus have so far been stopped short by the Chinese government, which feels victimized by a “politicization” of the issue.
A) Yes, Judge Fuentes ordered that Zuckerberg be notified through the diplomatic channel and gave him an initial period of ten days to present his defense arguments in writing.
This lawsuit was initially rejected by a judge in July 2021 because Mejía did not present her complaint translated into English, for which she was given a period of ten days to correct the observation and re-evaluate the brief, which was finally admitted for processing this Wednesday. .
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