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Google Online Abuse Case Settled

24/11/2014 11:25 GMT | Updated 24/11/2014 13:00 GMT

A UK businessman has a reached a settlement with Google after going to court to have numerous malicious references to him removed.

A Google spokesperson confirmed to the Huffington Post UK that the two parties had "reached a mutually acceptable agreement"

The BBC reports that Daniel Hegglin's lawyer told the High Court that Google had made 'significant efforts' to have the information removed from its search results.

Daniel Hegglin claimed that he had the victim of a long-running campaign of online bullying during which he been accused of being a murderer, a paedophile and a Klu Klux Klan sympathiser.

According to Mr Hegglin there were over 3000 websites containing examples of the abuse and has asked that all of these references are removed from Google search results in England and Wales.

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While at first glance the case could appear to have been an example of the EU's 'right to be forgotten' ruling it is in fact quite different.

This asked that Google essentially remove information that was deliberately untrue, having been used as a way of hurting another person.