The Lawfare Project has submitted several complaints to Google on behalf of Spanish Jewish claimants identifying racist and defamatory content in searches on Google’s platform.
The Lawfare Project is a global network of legal professionals defending the civil and human rights of the Jewish people against discrimination and hate speech.
Google’s lawyers examined the complaints and have blocked defamatory content, including material promoting Nazi ideology and denying the Holocaust. This is the first time Google has blocked content targeting the Jewish people over defamation complaints.
The Lawfare Project’s agreement with the Internet giant marks a turning point in the Google’s approach to violent and defamatory anti-Semitic content. Brooke Goldstein, founder and executive director of the Lawfare Project, noted that “For many, the road to antisemitic radicalization is through an online search result. It is unacceptable, immoral, and unlawful in Spain for online platforms to profit from extreme and violent propaganda against Jews. The Lawfare Project will continue to support such actions in Europe to get tech firms to clean up their act.”
Ignacio Wenley Palacios, the Spanish lawyer for the project, said that “the cooperation with Google LLC has been instrumental in distilling from the case-law of our Constitutional Court clear concepts of illegal content regarding Jews as a vulnerable minority and victims of the Holocaust that both uphold free speech to the utmost level allowed by the European Convention on Human Rights, while following the standards of the European Court of Justice.”
In February, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter removed nearly three-quarters of content considered “hate speech,” and since 2016 these platforms have been adhering to EU regulations against hate speech.