In a lawsuit, the public prosecution office of Almaty, Kazakhstan has demanded from Google, Facebook, Twitter, and blogging platform LiveJournal, which is particularly popular among Russian-speaking bloggers, to stop publishing content from opposition media, Novosti-Kazakhstan reports.
In other words, prosecutors want Google and others to shut down pages, groups, and/or blogs that have been recognized by their office as ādirected at inflaming social hatred.ā
Together with major Internet companies, defendants in this case are several Kazakh opposition media outlets and their websites.
āGoogle is a defendant. I donāt know if they know about it, but they are on trial, and they have to present their response to this lawsuit, ā the lawyer of opposition newspaper āRespublikaā said during a press conference, Interfax reports.
The lawsuit filed by Kazakh prosecutors is related to the recently completed trial of one of the countryās opposition leaders, Vladimir Kozlov, during which several media outlets, including āRespublika, ā have been declared as extremist.
Update: The General Prosecutorās Office of Kazakhstan has denied that Google, Facebook, Twitter and LiveJournal are defendants in this lawsuit, saying they are only mentioned in relation to certain pages and blogs. At the same time, prosecutors still may have questions for the Internet companies. āIf the court decides, for instance, to ban āRespublikaā newspaper, we will raise a question of deleting its page by Facebook administration, ā the officeās representative told Bnews.