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Berlin (DPA) — Facebook won a legal fight on Friday in a German court against a privacy official who demanded the US-based social network site allow users to hide their true identity.
Facebook demands that users disclose their real names.
Many members do in fact sign up with pseudonyms, but this technically breaches the terms of service, which say, ''You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook.''
Thilo Weichert, data protection commissioner of the state of Schleswig-Holstein, is a longtime Facebook opponent who objects to its tracking of users as well as its real name-only policy.
But a court in Kiel, the state capital, agreed with Facebook that he has no authority over the site.
It said Irish officials have oversight because Facebook's European operations are run from an office in that country.
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