In court, victory for Booba against influencer Magali Berdah

Rapper Booba has won a procedural victory in his dispute with Magali Berdah, the pope of influencers, by the Marseille court withdrawing his request to close one of the artist’s Instagram accounts, according to an order consulted by AFP on Tuesday. But this victory is purely formal, the rapper’s Instagram@OKLM account remains closed.

On May 30, the Marseille court ordered the closure of the rapper’s Instagram account after Berdah filed a request accusing Elie Yaffa (aka Booba) of social media harassment. The latter had unceremoniously opened a new Instagram account (“@eliyaffaofficiel”) and appealed to the Chamber Judge. On June 1, the Marseille courts had issued a similar order regarding the Twitter account of the person concerned (@booba), the account is still pending .

“Irregular Legal Basis”

In its injunction issued Monday, the court acknowledged that its original decision “was made on an unlawful basis and is therefore reversed.” He nonetheless declared himself “incompetent” over a possible account recovery, which the rapper’s defense has been asking for.

This is “a purely procedural point,” Meta, Instagram’s parent company, told AFP, recalling that the decision to deactivate Booba’s account was taken “in application” of internal regulations towards Instagram, according to user reports and the court order. “but not by request” by Berdah.

Booba is happy with the decision

However, “You lost Magali and you will lose at everything else,” responded on Twitter the rapper, who for several months has been locked in a legal and media dispute with Magali Berdah, head of Shauna Events, one of the main influencer agencies, in France was involved .

In early September, following a complaint by the rapper, the judiciary opened an investigation into Shauna Events for “deceptive business practices.” For her part, Magali Berdah initiated an investigation against Booba. This has been open since June 1 to the National Pole for Combating Hate Online (PNLH) of the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office, in particular for death threats, harassment through electronic communications and public insults based on origin and gender.

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