SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom - Samir Kassir Foundation

Content Take Downs on the World Wide Web: A Global Reality

Friday , 28 February 2020

This paper is a legal analysis, by the New Delhi, India-based Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), of five key cases on global take downs from around the world, namely Swami Ramdev v. Facebook Inc. (India, Delhi High Court), Google v. CNIL (France, CJEU), Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek v. Facebook Ireland Ltd. (Austria, CJEU), Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc. (Canadian Supreme Court), and X v. Twitter Inc. (Australia, Supreme Court of New South Wales). These judgments are the leading case law on the subject of global take downs internationally and the most recent case among these, the Delhi High Court case in Swami Ramdev v. Facebook Inc. discusses and relies on the remaining judgments.

Global take down orders raise questions around free speech and privacy on the Internet and contribute to the changing dynamics of intermediary liability law on the Internet. SFLC.in has published comprehensive work on intermediary liability law which can be downloaded from, here. This paper is an extension of SFLC's existing work on intermediary liability law in India and its intersection with international developments.

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