Irish Red Cross to Sue Google Over Controversial Blogger’s Identity

    Google's logo on display on a wall at Gasworks in Dublin, Ireland. The search engine giant is being sued by the Irish Red Cross over the identity of a blogger who, the aid organization said, is misrepresenting its operations. Photo by: Carlos Luna / CC BY Carlos LunaCC BY

    The Irish Red Cross has taken legal action against the Google headquarters in California, USA, in a bid to identify the owner of a blog that the humanitarian organization said is misrepresenting its operations.

    “Our purpose is to identify the blogger or bloggers, so that we can take appropriate action against him or her or them,” the charity said in its official statement. “Our action against Google is merely to identify the person who is posting the confidential and distorted material.”

    The organization clarified it had no “difficulty with Google” but insisted on making the identity of the blogger public.

    “The Irish Red Cross finds itself in a situation where confidential information as well as inaccurate and damaging comment and views on this blog has had a serious impact on staff morale on fundraising and on the day-to-day running of the organization,” the relief agency said in reference to the ”Governance Reform at Irish Red Cross” blog hosted by the Google-owned Blogspot service.

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