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After a month-long trial and a hefty penalty for not changing a password, the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a decision to revoke a court order to change a Facebook password, ruling that the order was invalid.
The court’s decision, in a case filed by the Jerusalem Municipality, came as a shock to many, with many seeing it as a sign that the state is increasingly determined to use the power of the law to suppress dissent.
The ruling comes after a yearlong battle between the municipality and Facebook, which sought to force the social media giant to change its password policy.
After the Supreme Council for Civil Liberties of Israel issued a ruling last October that blocked the ban, Facebook agreed to change the rules on password reuse.
The decision on Wednesday comes days after Facebook announced it would pay an undisclosed fine and comply with a ruling from the civil liberties group.
The Jerusalem Municipalities attorneys argued that the court had no right to issue an order to force Facebook to comply with the ruling and that the move was an unconstitutional infringement on the right to free speech.
“The court is violating the right of citizens to free expression by requiring Facebook to violate its own laws,” the lawyers said.
The order by the court was based on a petition filed by Facebook against the municipality, which had challenged the ban.
Facebook said it had no objection to the court’s ruling.
“Facebook has been clear that it will not be using this court order as a weapon against the people of Israel,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Jerusalem Times.
“The company will appeal this decision.”
Last year, Facebook announced plans to introduce a feature to allow users to change their password from a single page or an account on the site.
This would require them to change multiple passwords to the same account, something the company had already said would not happen.
The feature has been in testing since February, and Facebook said in a statement at the time that it had seen “significant interest in this feature.”