The Lawfare Project Threatens Legal Action Against Google, Yahoo, and Twitter in Spain
Press Release – For Immediate Release
Brooke Goldstein, who heads the international legal think tank and litigation fund, announced that Yahoo, Google, and Twitter could face legal action for hosting content that promotes Holocaust denial and virulent anti-Semitism
MADRID, SPAIN—Yesterday, Brooke Goldstein, Executive Director of the legal think tank and litigation fund The Lawfare Project, held a briefing on possible legal action in Spain against internet giants Yahoo, Google, and Twitter, for failing to address the proliferation of Holocaust denial websites and virulent anti-Semitic materials on their platforms.
“Unless Google, Yahoo, and Twitter take down the anti-Semitic content on their platforms, they will be taken to court in Spain, and elsewhere,” said Goldstein.
In the last week, The Lawfare Project has sent cease and desist letters to a number of search engines, including Google and Yahoo, with possible action planned against Twitter. The letters state that if the platforms do not act decisively and quickly to take down the anti-Semitic and defamatory content, as defined by Spanish law, a lawsuit will be filed against them.
“Google, Yahoo, and Twitter are all hosting antisemitic websites and content on their platforms that violate Spanish law. If they do not respond positively to the cease and desist letters sent last week, we will file lawsuits against them,” said Ignacio Wenley Palacios, The Lawfare Project’s Spanish counsel.
The Lawfare Project funds legal action around the world to protect civil rights and free speech while challenging discrimination and anti-Semitism. It maintains a legal litigation fund specifically committed to funding legal action in Spain and elsewhere on behalf of the Jewish community.
Goldstein, a lawyer specializing in human rights law, whose grandfather was a commander in a unit of Polish partisans who fought against the Nazis, is a frequent commentator on international TV networks. The Lawfare Project has achieved a number of successes by pursuing discrimination lawsuits in Spain and around the world. Now, The Lawfare Project is preparing to take action against search engines and social media companies operating under Spanish jurisdiction, in order to hold them accountable for the dissemination of unlawful anti-Semitic content on their platforms.