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Right to be Forgotten: Delhi HC orders Google, Facebook to remove sexual harassment allegations against Subodh Gupta from search results

The Delhi High Court has ordered Facebook, Google, and Instagram to remove all posts, search results, and content containing 'defamatory' content — content containing sexual harassment allegations — against Indian artist Subodh Gupta, in an order dated September 18. The court has ordered that (see order below): Two posts, from December 2018 and January 2019, containing allegations of sexual harassment against Gupta, be blocked or removed. 9 news articles about either the allegations against Gupta or his subsequent resignation from Serendipity Arts Festival, be blocked or removed. 7 Google Search result links pertaining to the allegations, such as 'subodh gupta metoo', 'subodh gupta sexual harasser', 'subodh gupta sexual facebook', and so on be blocked or removed. The 9 news articles mentioned above should also be blocked by Facebook and Google. This is the equivalent of a Right to be Forgotten order on the technology companies. Over the last two hearings, held in September, the court has also asked Instagram to furnish the name of the account operator in a sealed envelope by the next hearing, scheduled for November 18. Gupta was accused of sexual harassment on an anonymous Instagram account in December 2018. The account posted a series of allegations against Gupta that contained ordeals of multiple unnamed women. The court has also restrained the Instagram account from posting any content relating to Gupta until the next hearing. The order, passed by Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, said that the allegations cannot be permitted to be made in public domain without…

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