Tuesday, 09 July 2019 10:17

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Google has been issued a summons to appear before the NSW Supreme Court on 12 July after it was hit with a contempt charge for not heeding a court order on 5 July to remove reviews about a Sydney businessman that were said to be offensive.

The Australian reported that the businessman had launched legal action on 4 July in a bid to get what was characterised as "seriously defamatory" attacks on him on Google Reviews, after his repeated entreaties to the search behemoth went unanswered.

The name of the businessman has been suppressed. He is represented by multinational law firm Kennedys, whom iTWire has contacted for comment.

A partner in the firm, Rebekah Giles, told The Australian that the Sydney man was one of many of the company's clients whose reputation had been destroyed by online troll on sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Google.

She added that these companies took their own time to react to complaints of this nature, adding that while a takedown was ordered by the court on 4 July, no action was taken that day.

Google only sprang into action when Justice David Davies issued a direction that the company be charged with contempt.

Contacted for comment, a Google spokesperson said: "When we receive court orders we take them seriously and respond in a timely manner.”


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.



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