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Court in Italy orders Facebook to pay $5 million in damages for copying app

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A Milan-based appeals court on Tuesday ordered Facebook to pay 3.83 million euros ($4.70 million) in damages to an Italian software development company for copying an app, a court document seen by Reuters showed.

The judges said the U.S. group copied their ‘Nearby’ feature from Italy’s Business Competence’s app ‘Faround’, which allows users to identify shops, clubs, restaurants in their surrounding area through geolocalisation.

The court’s decision upheld a 2019 ruling but increased the amount of damages that Facebook will have to pay, initially set at 350,000 euros.

“We have received the court’s decision and are examining it carefully,” a Facebook spokesman told Reuters.

Main Photo: EPA-EFE/Julien de Rosa

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