The plaintiff was granted anonymity throughout the proceedings. Google has been ordered not to disclose any identifiable information about him in connection to the case for 45 days. The tech company must also remove all links to the defamatory post in search results viewable in Quebec. […] Instead of compensatory and punitive damages originally sought — amounting to $6 million — the man was awarded $500,000 for moral injuries caused after successfully arguing that he lost business deals and suffered strains on his personal relationships due to being wrongly stigmatized as a pedophile. Hussain described the plaintiff’s experience battling Google to preserve his reputation as a “waking nightmare.” Due to Google’s refusals to remove the defamatory posts, the man “found himself helpless in a surreal and excruciating contemporary online ecosystem as he lived through a dark odyssey to have the Defamatory Post removed from public circulation,” Hussain wrote. The plaintiff, now in his early 70s, has the option to appeal the judge’s order that Google may not release any of his identifiable information for 45 days.
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