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in a dispute over the deletion of comments on his Facebook page, Mitteldeutsch Rundfunk (MDR) has largely prevailed. An eager user of the comment function, on the other hand, complained that numerous of his statements had been deleted with reference to the “Netiquette” of the MDR.

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The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig decided on Wednesday, November 30, that public service broadcasters are entitled to delete comments without a shipment. The user had mostly no success in the two lower courts. Most of his statements were criticism of the extinguishing practice of the MDR. However, he had also made a comment with reference to refugees under a contribution about a mass extinction of amsules.

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Federal Administrative Court of Leipzig: Interference in freedom of expression in the event of justified

only in one of 14 deleted comments, the man had received law before the Higher Administrative Court. The federal judges now decided in the event of another statement that their deletion was illegal. In it, the plaintiff had also commented on Islamist terrorism under a contribution about a raid against neo -Nazis. The Federal Administrative Court now decided that the deletion of the comments is an interference with freedom of expression. (AZ: BVerwG 6 C 12.20)

This intervention was justified because the MDR was bound to the requirements of the Broadcasting Treaty applicable at the time. He stated that chats and forums are inadmissible without a shipment reference. This also includes user comments. The man's deleted statements mostly had no relation to the articles under which he commented.

of the MDR employs ten editors, who see social media posts, according to its lawyers. In the past two calendar years, this had been around 40,000 comments every month. There must be moderation, otherwise the forums would shout extremely quickly and move away from the actual topics. (dpa)

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