Microsoft has allowed anti-Semitic content to go unchecked in Bing search results
The Lawfare Project has filed a complaint against Microsoft Corporation in the Courts of Ibiza, Spain on behalf of two Jewish plaintiffs for offering Bing results that link to a website with extremely inflammatory anti-Jewish content.
This comes on the heels of a similar case in Spain involving Google LLC, following which The Lawfare Project secured a major victory. Microsoft has failed to block access to the offensive, anti-Jewish, degrading, and unlawful search result, even after having received detailed information about the content in question. This complaint could result in a search engine being found liable for third-party content for the first time, not only in Spain, but in other EU and EEA countries with EU-harmonized legislation on the liability of Internet service providers, intermediaries, and platforms.
Brooke Goldstein, Executive Director of The Lawfare Project, said the following:
“It’s extremely irresponsible for Microsoft and Bing to allow this offensive, anti-Jewish content to continue circulating on the internet in violation of the domestic law in Spain, and the EU Directives on the matter.”
Ignacio-Wenley Palacios Iglesias, Spanish counsel for The Lawfare Project, added:
“The permanent, ubiquitous, and everyday influence Internet service providers have on society as a whole cannot be understated. The impact of these providers requires a level of structure and responsibility to address the most extreme, illegal content created by third parties that now enjoy immediate global access via the internet.”
The Lawfare Project is a global network of legal professionals that contribute their skills, time, and expertise to defending the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and pro-Israel community and fighting discrimination wherever they see it.