Will Google be forced to police online comments? Judge in Blogger.com libel case 'opens door' for internet giant being required to monitor users' posts.
Blogger. com libel case 'opens door' for Google being required to monitor users' posts. Google says Blogger is blank wall and it isn't responsible for writings online But appeal court hears it's arguable Google is 'publisher' in defamation law. Legal expert: 'Another court could run with these comments in the future'Long- running case involves student Payam Tamiz who was vilified online. By. Mark Duell. Published. GMT, 1. 4 February 2. It would at that point become responsible as a publisher and could be sued.
In Mr Tamiz’s case the libellous posts had been taken down and - although he argued Google failed to do that quickly enough - the judge ruled that . It was not the publisher of that material but a neutral service provider'Antony White QC, for Google. During the very brief period in which Google could conceivably have been held liable, the judge said it was . Amongst other things, he was accused - without justification - of being a drug dealer and having stolen from his employers. Dismissing his claim last year, top libel judge Mr Justice Eady said: . Google does not create, select, solicit, censor or approve the content of a blog, which is published and controlled only the blog owner or blogger.
Analogy: Mr Justice Eady said the owner of wall which has been covered in defamatory graffiti could have it taken off with whitewash, but added that the owner should not be classified as a publisher until then. It was not the publisher of that material but a neutral service. His appeal dismissed, Mr Tamiz was ordered to pay 5.
Google's legal costs. But we are not there yet. In the meantime, Google and other similar companies will rightly be worried that they may be liable in similar future cases'Adam Wagner, barrister and UK Human Rights Blog editor. Adam Wagner, barrister and editor of the UK Human Rights Blog, told Mail.
Online: . In the meantime, Google and other similar companies will rightly be worried that they may be liable in similar future cases.’A Google spokesman told Mail. Online: 'Google helps spread knowledge, enabling people to find out about almost anything by typing a few words into a computer.'And services like Blogger, You. Tube and Google+ help users to express themselves and share different points of view. Where content is illegal or violates our terms of service we will continue to remove it.'.
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