A Paris appeals court threw out Facebook's appeal after the social media giant argued that only the US courts had jurisdiction to hear cases against it. The court also backed a March 2015 ruling which said Facebook's clause forcing all users to agree that any litigation must be based in  California, where the site is based, was abusive', report said.

Facebook was sued by a teacher whose account was blocked after he posted  a 19th century painting by Gustave Courbet, "The Origin of the World",  depicting a woman's genitalia.

The teacher filed a complaint against the social media giant, saying the site could not differentiate between pornography and art. Noteworthy, Facebook closed its legal arm "Facebook France" in May 2012, meaning complaints have to be filed in the US.

On the basis of this, in a hearing on January 22, Facebook's lawyer argued that the site did not fall under French jurisdiction as users have to sign a clause agreeing that only a California court can rule in disputes relating to the firm.