An Israeli court ruled on Monday that Israel’s search engine Google has been using to promote its social network Google Plus, and ordered the company to remove the service from its platform.
The court’s ruling comes after the company denied the petition, which was filed last month by Israel’s Information and Culture Ministry.
The ministry had asked the court to order Google to remove its Google Plus app from its service.
The company argued that the service is not a search engine but an alternative to Google’s social network, Google+.
Google Plus is popular among Israelis, with nearly 40 million users worldwide.
But the court ruled that Google’s application for the order violates the country’s constitution and a law that prohibits “public communication of the personal information of persons or things without their consent.”
The ruling comes in response to a petition filed by Israel-based human rights group Adalah.
Adalash’s attorneys said the Google Plus social network violates privacy laws.
The decision will make it harder for Google to continue to promote Google Plus and could lead to more discrimination against Israelis who want to use the service.
Google spokesperson Shaul Greenberg said the company respects the court’s decision.
The social network has a number of privacy settings that allow users to restrict the content they see on the service, including preventing people from sending and receiving private messages and messages that have been flagged as spam or harmful.
Google has not responded to a request for comment.
Google+ is available in over 200 countries, including the U.S., Canada, the U., France, Australia, and the U,K., but it has yet to receive a global license.
It is available on iOS and Android phones and tablets, as well as Apple TV, Apple TV Stick, Apple Watch, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle Fire, and Samsung smart TVs.