Facebook's platform is completely translated into German language, not to mention the legal documents required to do business in the German-speaking world. Claiming to not understand the language is quite a surprise, considering all that, and a Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf finds Facebook's claim to be ridiculous.
Temporary Injunction For Account Blocking
The decision was preceded by a dispute between a man from Düsseldorf and Facebook, reports LTO and onlinehaendler-news.de. The Irish-based company had blocked the man's user account. The reason was the posting of a text that violated the rules of the platform.
The user took legal action against the blockage and obtained a temporary injunction from the Düsseldorf Regional Court. This was sent to the company in Ireland. However, the company did not accept the injunction as no translation into English was provided. Facebook claimed it absolutely necessary as the legal department did not understand the German language.
When the user finally wanted to claim the costs incurred in the amount of €750 from the court, the application was rejected because the injunction could not be served properly.
Speech Abilities Of Entire Company Taken Into Account
In other words: Whoever caters to German-speaking customers must expect German language legal disputes. The user had, indeed, sent his temporary injunction accordingly. Now the costs must be decided again in the regional court.