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The host Marie-Claude Barrette (Archive photo)

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L&amp ;#x27;host Marie-Claude Barrette, who criticizes Facebook for not having acted when her identity and image were usurped to defraud users of the social network, has just filed a request for collective action against the parent company of the platform, Meta.

A false news published on Facebook using an alleged article by La Presseshowed the host promoting cryptocurrency on the show Everybody talks about it, but all this doesn't happen. #x27;was never produced. A link then invited users to invest in a cryptocurrency company that didn't exist.

Des However, people were caught only to realize that it was a fraud. Their money was gone. In addition to Marie-Claude Barrette, host Normand Brathwaite and others were targeted by a similar fraudulent scheme.

I contacted the police, I went to the media, I made poststo say that it was false, but when people started telling me: "You're going to pay me back", with certain threats, I said to myself: "I don't can't live with that!" I found that, on a psychological level, it was becoming difficult, with no way out, said Marie-Claude Barrette on the microphone of the show Midi info on HERE First.

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The host also contacted Meta to denounce the situation. The company responded that the advertising met its criteria, says Ms. Barrette.

Take collective action against Meta, I realize, with all the messages I receive, that we had to do it!< /p>A quote from Marie-Claude Barrette

Even La Presse did not manage to make this false news disappear, despite two formal notices to Meta and months of work, told Midi info< /em> the deputy editor and vice-president of information of the Montreal media, François Cardinal.

In addition, these problems arose at a time when Meta's platforms no longer relay real news from traditional media due to a dispute with the federal government over the Online News Act, Cardinal noted. .

Marie-Claude Barrette, who did not want to sit idly by, asked the president of the Fraud training and prevention academy, Sylvain Paquette.

The police forces, even if they succeed in detecting these people, will they have the capacity to arrest them in these countries? We determined that it was a network which works from Eastern Europe, specifies Mr. Paquette.

The fraud groups [in Eastern Europe] have a lot of resources, they make several billion dollars per year and they have the means to corrupt politicians or police officers. So stopping these people is difficult. At that point, we must turn to companies that collaborate with them.

A quote from Sylvain Paquette, president of the Fraud Training and Prevention Academy

It was at this time that the collective action steps against Meta were initiated.

According to law professor at the University of Montreal Pierre Trudel, it is very difficult to succeed in such a collective action in the United States, because there is a law which decrees that intermediaries like Facebook are not responsible for content when it is provided by a third party.

In Quebec, on the other hand, article 22 of the Act respecting the legal framework for information technologies is a little less favorable to these platforms, but there are conditions to respect.< /p>

All risk revolves around whether Facebook was aware or was considered to be reasonably likely to be aware of the illicit or fraudulent nature of the photos or advertisements that were published on its platform. This is the big challenge of an appeal like this.

A quote from Pierre Trudel, professor of law at the University of Montreal< /blockquote>

For the lawyer who represents the plaintiffs before the Superior Court of Quebec, Me Gérard Samet, these criteria are respected in this case.

First of all, it is paid advertising. When there is such advertising, what you need to understand is that there is a contract with Facebook and Meta. The second thing was that we reported this to Facebook and Meta, and the response was: This ad meets our advertising standards. Therefore, the control that was carried out by Facebook and Meta was not effective and they did not take our observations into account, maintains the lawyer.

He says he has confidence for the future, even if the fight against Meta may resemble that of David against Goliath.

According to Me Samet, we will have to wait three to six months to find out if the court authorizes the collective action. Anyone who gives their name will be able to be part of it, both personalities whose image has been usurped and investors who have been defrauded. The legal battle can then begin.

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Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116