Google has earned itself yet another legal loss on the world stage, following a Colombian court case that will also reportedly lead to a new consumer protection law for Internet users in the country. The case itself involved the owner of a small furniture shop who claimed that Google's website creation tool Blogger was used to push a defamatory narrative about him. Specifically, the shop's owner who isn't named by local media reports claimed that the blog falsely accused him of requesting payment for his goods upfront and then absconding with the money without delivering any furniture. After two years of attempts to try and contact the owner of the website directly, the furniture salesman was forced to take the search giant to court with a request that Google be held responsible and forced to remove the damaging website.
The company denied any responsibility for the website, pointing instead to article 203 of the U.S. Communications Decency Act. More directly, Google said that it is only responsible for providing a platform to its Blogger users but not for the content the platform is used to promote. In fairness, there has been no indication as to whether or not the furniture shop's owner ever contacted Google directly, prior to the case, to request any action to be taken. However, since the Colombian court ultimately ruled that the site had been negatively impacting both the furniture shop owner's personal and business life, Google was eventually made to take the site down, respective to Colombia's laws.
Taking things a step further, the court then issued an order to the Colombian Ministry of Technology and Communication, asking the governmental body to draw up a new law with the intention of protecting internet users from dishonest or injurious claims and website posts. As of this writing, there was no time frame specified by the court as to when the new law may actually be put in place. However, it will reportedly outline the legal procedures and actions to be taken in order to protect against defamation and for the removal of websites or posts that fit the description set forth by the court.