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FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE TO REMOVE LINKS AND BLOCK AC-CESS TO DISPARAGING VIDEOS: DELHI HIGH COURT

May 16, 2018

The Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in the matter titled Patanjali Ayurved Limited versus Facebook Inc. and Others bearing CS(COMM.) 119 of 2018, directed social media giants Facebook and Google/YouTube to remove links and URLs and block access to a Tamil video disparaging Patanjali Atta. The suit was filed by Patanjali Ayurved for disparagement of the brand name and product of Patanjali after no action was taken by the social media platforms despite repeated requests to take down the video.
The interim order was given by Hon’ble Justice Mr. Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, who directed the three social media platforms to restrict access to the links and contents of the video claiming that Patanjali Atta contains plastic. The Hon’ble Court also issued notices asking them to disclose the identity of the persons in whose name the blog and the URLs leading to it were registered. 

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