Bloomberg Law Analysis

ANALYSIS: Global Censorship, but Not Erasure, Spurs Streisand Effect

Oct. 7, 2019, 11:50 AM

Talk about unintended consequences!

A “lousy traitor.” A “corrupt oaf.” A member of a “fascist party.” Don’t expect to find those words on Facebook’s platform anywhere in the world … at least if they refer to an obscure Austrian politician. Facebook can be ordered to scrub those words—and any “equivalent” language—from its platform … worldwide. So says the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

But if you perform a Google search for “lousy traitor” and “corrupt oaf” (even without the “fascist party” label), your top hit will be a New York Times opinion piece identifying by name and photo Eva...

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