Facebook must restore the page of the neo-fascist movement CasaPound, a judge in Italy has decided Thursday. The group had started a case after the Facebook page was closed in September due to hate speech.
CasaPound is a neo-fascist movement that primarily fights against immigration. Until last summer, the group was also a political party, but CasaPound leader Gianluca Iannone announced in June that the movement is leaving its political ambitions behind.
According to the Italian judge, blocking the Facebook profile violates the right to proclaim political messages. The action of Facebook has made this possibility "impossible or strongly limited" according to the court.
The judge's verdict did not go into CasaPounds Instagram page, which was also blocked. The judge only explicitly stated that the Facebook profile of the group must be reopened "immediately."
Facebook has announced that the company is studying the judge's decision, but did not comment on the case. If the social medium does not adhere to the ruling, the company would have to pay 800 euros a day. CasaPounds page, which has more than 275,000 followers, was still blocked on Friday.