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‘Celebrity Threesome’ Injunction – Google Removes Links

Google has blocked dozens of search links that contain references to the ‘celebrity threesome’ following legal requests from lawyers representing Elton John and husband David Furnish

Google has blocked dozens of search links that contain references to the celebrity threesome scandal following legal demands from lawyers representing Elton John and husband David Furnish. 

The internet giant have removed links to articles about Elton John and David Furnish who are currently at the centre of a super injunction barring the press in England and Wales from naming them, on the grounds of privacy.

It is understood that Google received demands from an online privacy company to remove around 150 links from its British website.

The Court of Appeal in London had granted the injunction against naming the famous celebrity in England and Wales.

The Guardian reports:

Searches for the names of either person return notices at the bottom of the page saying results have been removed.

Removed entries on both sets of searches are linked to the same legal requests. However, links to a database which records takedown notices go to pages without any information.

The Daily Mail reported that an online privacy firm claiming to be acting on behalf of the couple had complained about more than 150 links on the search engine.

The removal notices are more normally used for taking down links to copyrighted information. They are different to the messages Google posts when it removes links under EU “right to be forgotten” rules.

Google declined to comment.

The notices have appeared just days after a political blogger revealed that he had received legal threats from lawyers after he published the names of the couple.

Newspapers and other publishers based in England and Wales remain unable to print the names of the pair after an appeal court ruling upheld an injunction against the Sun, forbidding it from publishing a story about one half of the married pair allegedly having a threesome with another couple.

The court cited the potential impact on the couple’s young children, and the fact their statements on their marriage were not contradicted by the celebrity’s behaviour.

However, although the notices indicate some content has been removed, the search results pages still show numerous articles detailing the story covered by the injunction.

An appeal against the ruling by the Sun is due to be heard on Friday.

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  • Luki

    I envy Americans their freedom of speech.