French Court Orders Twitter To Change ‘Abusive’ Terms Of Service

Kyle Perisic | Contributor

A French court in Paris has ordered Twitter to change its “abusive” terms of service on Thursday and fined the social media giant 30,000 euros (just over $34,700 U.S. dollars).

A French consumers group, UFC-Que Choisir, took Twitter to court and claimed a victory over the social media giant, Agence France Presse, reported Thursday.

“The conviction has a gigantic scope for the protection of users’ personal data,” the group said. “By ticking a small box to accept the terms of service, the consumer has not expressly accepted their data can be exploited.”

UFC-Que Choisir said the 30,000 euro fine was “insignificant for the social network which generated in 2017 a global turnover of 2.1 billion dollars.”

Twitter has one month to file an appeal. The court will then after issue its final judgement “within the coming months.”

“Whatever his decision, this victory bodes well for similar procedures against Facebook and Google, still in progress,” UFC-Que Choisir said.

Courts across the world have issued a number of social media platforms fines recently. Facebook, specifically, has been the target several times. (RELATED: UK Watchdog Issues Facebook With Maximum Fine Of $644K)

Facebook was fined in South Korea in March 2018, Spain in September 2017, and the U.K. in July 2018, for most of the time, with the exception of South Korea, abusive collection of user data.

South Korea fined Facebook $369,400 for illegally rerouting user connections to overseas networks, Spain fined them $1.4 million, and the U.K. issued the maximum fine of $644,000.

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