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A selfie turned into ‘fake news’ on Facebook, says lawsuit

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The concept of “fake news” has infused itself in the regular news cycle, and now a prominent Syrian refugee says that he is embroiled in a he—and he complains Facebook as a result, the Guardian reports.

Anas Modamani made headlines in September 2015, when he took a selfie with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she visited a refugee camp in Berlin (another photographer took a picture of him taking the selfie).

While at first the photos were scattered as poignant symbols of the situation as a refugee in Germany, she was soon appropriated on social media, with the help of the 19-year-old face to accompany “news” stories accusing him of participation in terrorist or otherwise criminal activity, including T him as one of the perpetrators of the March attacks in Brussels and linking him to the christmas market attack in Berlin.

His lawyer notes that every time there is a refugee problem client “wheels as an icon, just as Merkel model refugee” and “lubricated” as a criminal.

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When false claims about Modamani’s ties to the Brussels attacks started going around, ” he tells the BBC that friends told him to just lie low and ignore them, which he did.

But the Berlin attack blisters have image back to the surface, and he said that he got “fed up” incentive to submit a provision for a European Facebook subsidiary from publishing any “defamatory image” to portray him as a terrorist or criminal.

Facebook says that a ban is not needed, because it is a disability a “specific piece of content” Modamani had asked to take them down, but his lawyer says the other pictures are still floating around.

“Facebook is doing a very bad job with fake news, but it is particularly doing a bad job with illegal fake news,” Modamani says. (Facebook promises a crackdown on fake news posts in Germany.)

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