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Settlement in web trolling case

A businessman who said he was a victim of "extreme internet trolling" has announced the settlement of a High Court dispute with internet search engine Google.

Daniel Hegglin had wanted Google bosses to take steps to ensure that abusive material posted about him did not appear in search results.

But a lawyer for Mr Hegglin today told a High Court judge that the dispute had been settled.

Hugh Tomlinson QC told Mr Justice Jay at a High Court hearing in London that Google had made "significant efforts" to remove abusive material from websites.

"Whilst I am not in a position to disclose the details, I am pleased to report that the parties have now settled the matter," said Mr Tomlinson.

"The settlement includes significant efforts on Google's part to remove the abusive material from Google hosted websites and from its search results."

A lawyer representing Google said Mr Hegglin's case was exceptional.

"Google has considerable sympathy for Mr Hegglin in what is an exceptional case of internet trolling in terms of its prominence and volume," Antony White QC told the judge.

"Google provides search services to millions of people and cannot be responsible for policing internet content.

"It will however continue to apply its procedures that have been developed to assist with the removal of content which breaches applicable local laws."

Mr Tomlinson added: "Mr Hegglin will now concentrate his energies on bringing the person responsible for this campaign of harassment to justice."

Judges had been told that Mr Hegglin was an investor who lived in Hong Kong. They heard that he had previously worked for the Morgan Stanley bank in London.

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