$ 4.7 million penalty for Facebook

An appeals court in Milan, Italy, the world’s largest social media platform Facebookon the grounds that it copied the ‘Nearby’ feature from a third-party app. Business Competence an Italian software development company named $ 4.7 million He ordered the payment of compensation.

Italian court orders Facebook’s compensation

Social media giant Facebook with nearly 3 billion active users worldwide, “Nearby” had posted a feature called. The GPS-based function allows you to see people near you, whether you are friends or not, based on your geographic locations in real time.

An appeals court in Milan, Italy, said that the property Faround Facebook has paid $ 4.7 million to Italy-based software company Business Competence on the grounds that it was copied from an application named. 34 million 487 thousand liras decided to pay compensation.


Business Competence, close to where users are Facebook He launched the Faround application in 2012, which he designed to help them find his friends. The app soon gained power in the Italian market, but the fact that Facebook launched its “Nearby” feature only months later caused Faround to drop downloads and quickly lose users.

Thereupon, the Italian company went to Facebook in 2013. copyright case opened. The court, which found the reasons of Business Competence justified, ordered Facebook to suspend its feature in Italy in 2019 and to pay 350 thousand euros (approximately 3 million 163 thousand liras) for copyright infringement. Deciding to increase the amount of compensation to be paid by the US social media giant in the meantime, the court determined the fine at $ 4.7 million.

On the subject ReutersSpeaking to, a Facebook spokesperson stated that the court decision has been conveyed to them and that they will carry out the necessary investigations.


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