Tánaiste Michael Martin claimed in High Court proceedings that false advertisements on legitimate websites were used to defame him by using his image and links to false “pseudo-newspaper articles” linked to a cryptocurrency scam, reports Independent.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence have today received permission from the court to speed up proceedings in the case of Google Ireland Ltd and Google LLC, where it seeks to know the identity of the people behind the ads.
An application to abridge the service was made by Padraic Lyons SC of Darragh Breen BL, instructed by solicitor Catherine Ardagh, represented by Martin alone, reports Independent.
Google told Martin’s lawyers that such ads are part of a “global trend” of “scammy bad actors trying to deceive users by enticing them to click into an ad by using popular figures/celebrities along with provocative text or content”, reports Independent.
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