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rajia sultana
May 10, 2022
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A number of lawyers who specialize in online libel/defamation cases have reported to me that Google recently suspended its longstanding informal policy of removing URLs from US search results that are specified in duly executed court orders. . This poses a major paradigm Phone Number List shift for many victims of online reputation attacks. Beginning in August or September of this year, a number of attorneys across the United States began receiving blanket denials after submitting requests to remove defamatory content from Google's search results. Since at least 2009, Google has had Phone Number List an informal policy of accepting many removal requests when accompanied by a properly executed court order specifying defamatory/libelous content at specific URLs. I have personally seen a number of cases where hundreds or even thousands of URLs were submitted with court orders, and Google removed those URLs from search results. But they Phone Number List have now stopped. Not for every request, but for enough to make it clear something has changed. Background: Search Engines Immune to Defamation Removal Requests Interestingly, search engines and various other types of online sites and services have been exempted in the United States from liability for things like libel/defamation by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA "). For hundreds of years of established law, publishers (such as books and newspapers) could be Phone Number List held liable for content published through them. As the Digital Media Law Project reports, in 1996 Congress chose to clear up any ambiguity and simultaneously protect many types of sites by legally defining them as non-publishers : No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be deemed the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider. “Interactive Phone Number List Computer Service” means any information service, system or provider of access software that provides or enables multiple users to access a computer server. Most courts have held that through these provisions, Congress grants interactive services of all types, including blogs, forums, and mailing lists, immunity from tort liability so long as the information is provided by a third. Google's help page for requesting content removal cites Section 230 of the CDA for US users: Google Defamatory Content Removal Phone Number List Request Form Despite this sign stating bluntly that “ Google does not remove allegedly defamatory content from our search results…
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