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Judicial: victory for Booba, in his conflict against Magali Berdah, the popess of influencers

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Instagram accounts: procedural victory for Booba against influencer Magali Berdah

Marseilles, 4 Oct 2022 (AFP)

Rapper Booba has obtained a procedural victory in his conflict with Magali Berdah, the Pope of influencers, with the retraction by the Marseille court of his request for the closure of an Instagram account of the artist, according to an order consulted by AFP on Tuesday.

But this victory is purely formal, the rapper’s Instagram account @OKLM remaining closed.

On May 30, the Marseilles court ordered the closure of the rapper’s Instagram account, after a request from Ms. Berdah who accused Elie Yaffa (alias Booba) of harassment on social networks. The latter had quickly opened a new Instagram account (“@eliyaffaofficiel”) and had appealed to the interim judge.

On June 1, Marseille justice had issued a similar order concerning the Twitter account of the person concerned (@booba). However, this account is still open.

In its interim order on Monday, the court acknowledged that its initial decision had been rendered “on an irregular legal basis and must therefore be retracted”. He nevertheless declared himself “incompetent” concerning a possible reinstatement of the account, requested by the defense of the rapper.

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

“You have lost Magali, and you will lose on everything else”, however reacted on Twitter the rapper, engaged for several months in a legal and media conflict with Magali Berdah, boss of Shauna Events, one of the main influencer agencies. in France.

In early September, justice opened an investigation for “deceptive commercial practices” against Shauna Events, following a complaint made by the rapper.

For her part, Magali Berdah obtained the opening of an investigation against Booba. This has been open to the National Pole for the Fight against Online Hate (PNLH) of the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office since June 1, in particular for death threats, harassment by means of electronic communication and public insult on the grounds of origin and of sex.