Lawyers have tackled an online “fake news” campaign against a British businessman by serving an injunction against “persons unknown” in what is believed to set a legal precedent.
Katy Colton from the law firm Mishcon de Reya, who was involved in the injunction, said that Germany was taking defamation seriously when it was becoming increasingly difficult to protect individuals from online abuse. “In this case, we were able to prevent the spread of ‘fake news’ by securing an injunction against ‘persons unknown’. What was critical was securing the injunction before the content went viral – making it a criminal offence for anybody to share it thereafter.”
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