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Man Sues Facebook for Disabling Account, Claims Religious Discrimination

facebook log in pageA Staten Island man has filed a $500,000 lawsuit against Facebook, alleging that the social network shut down his account without explanation.

The plaintiff, Mustafa Fteja, reportedly discovered that his account had been disabled back in September after he was repeatedly unable to log in. The 30-year old says that he contacted Facebook for an explanation, but only received automated responses. Fteja, an Albanian Muslim who moved to the U.S. when he was 17, has accused Facebook of discriminating against him because of his religion.

Fteja had been a member of the social network for three years, and claims that he's always been a model citizen. He hardly posts anything to his Wall, and never spreads spam or inappropriate messages. According to him, the only reason he used the site was to stay in touch with his friends and family, many of whom are overseas. Now, he's demanding that Facebook restore his account, and pay up for having disconnected him from his family -- for no apparent reason. "I know one thing -- I didn't do anything," he told the New York Daily News. "I didn't violate anything."

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