Syrian Refugee Labelled Terrorist After Selfie with German Chancellor

Anas Modamni fled Syria in 2015. He took a selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The picture was misused by fake news websites in reports linking him to terrorism.

He is now suing Facebook to stop it from allowing users to repost that image or any images similar to it.

The image has been used with posts about the attacks in Brussels last year and on a Christmas market in Berlin. Recently, someone posted Mr. Modamani’s photograph on Facebook and said that he had been involved in a December attack in which a homeless man in Berlin was set on fire.

Mr. Modamani’s lawyer argued that his client would continue to be a victim of libel until Facebook used its algorithms to prevent the image from being reproduced.

“I want peace in my life,” the teenager told reporters after the hearing. “Not everyone believes that. Many people hate me, but all I did was take a selfie with Ms. Merkel.”

Read more about it at the New York Times.

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