Facebook has criticised European countries for using the Spanish "right to be forgotten" ruling to challenge privacy regulation.

The May 2014 ruling set a precedent for removing outdated information from search results that are deemed no longer relevant or not in the public interest. Countries across Europe have taken the ruling and applied it at a national level.

Facebook's global deputy chief privacy officer, Stephen Deadman stated that "a number of authorities in Europe are using that judgment to challenge the status quo that's existed for many years. We think they're wrong. We think the model we have is right".