A judge in Nova Scotia has ordered Google to turn over the identity of the creator of a website that criticizes Antifa over accusations of “cyber bullying.”
The website, which is no longer online, was a blog about far-left extremists, called “Antifa: Exposed.”
Breitbart News reports that the request for the website owner’s identity comes after a complaint from a Nova Scotia couple, Darius Mirshahi and Sakura Saunders, who the blog had alleged were leaders in a Canadian branch of the far-left anarcho-communist Antifa group.
The Breitbart report notes that Saunders, “described as a social justice activist in court filings, is an American-born far-left activist and her anarchy-themed wedding to her partner was detailed in 2012 by alternative Edmonton-based newspaper Vue Weekly.”
Antifa Exposed published photos from the wedding, showing that prominent Antifa anarchists were among the guests.
“The blog alleges the applicants are a member and a leader of a domestic terrorist organization, which uses extreme violence against those they disagree with the intent of destroying civilization,” the couple said in a recent court filing. “The blog alleges the applicant Sakura Saunders made trips to Australia to organize student riots. The blog alleges the applicant Sakura Saunders engages in criminal projects.”
The affidavit went on to claim “that the Blog, and Undercoverkity have caused them psychological stress and fear that they will be targeted with violence.”
A lawyer for the far-left activists claimed that the blogger’s intent “is to promote fear and hatred towards the applicants. Labelling individuals terrorists, and sinister criminals intent on destroying civilization is offensive and dangerous.”
The request for the blog author’s identity was granted under the new, and rarely used, Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act, Nova Scotia legislation that was introduced in 2017, according to a report from the CBC.