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Fake reviews order against Google

Google has been ordered to hand over the contact details of accounts linked to fake reviews that attacked a Dutch nursery, reports the Guardian. “The nursery, which was not named in the proceedings, won a court order against Google to reveal details on who was responsible for a series of fake reviews alleging child abuse using the company’s Google+ social network. The reviews were visible through searches and Google Maps, tarnishing the reputation of the nursery for more than six months. One of the fake reviewers took on the identity of a dead woman from the US.” Google refused to take down the fake reviews at the request of the nursery, saying that they fell under freedom of speech protections, forcing the nursery to take Google to court. The search company was then ordered to remove them by the court, a process that has happened in the past in the Netherlands for other fake reviews not connected with the nursery, adds the newspaper.

  • Monday, 21 March 2016

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