Facebook has been blocked from banning on a whim and without due process.

Społeczna Inicjatywa Narkopolityki (SIN, the Civil Society Drug Policy Initiative) has triumphed over Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, securing a verdict that significantly curtails the power of internet platforms to indiscriminately censor user content in Poland.

The Polish court’s decision, backed by the Panoptykon Foundation, a digital rights group, establishes a precedent that user blocking must be justified and subject to challenge within the user’s own jurisdiction.

The court has directed Meta to reinstate SIN’s previously blocked content and issue a public apology for the unjustified censorship on its platforms. This outcome represents a significant victory for both SIN and Panoptykon, marking a critical moment for the protection of online free speech rights. The struggle of these two Polish organizations, extending over five years, was aimed at ensuring accountability in moderation decisions and the right of wrongfully blocked users to seek redress.

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