French Court orders Google to close "Search suggestions"

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/bits/2010/09/27/google-guilty-libel-case/1

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Google's French arm has been ordered to pay libel damages to a man whose name brought up unsavoury automatic suggestions on the search engine.

According to iTnews.com.au, the search giant stood accused of damaging an un-named man's reputation by suggesting the words "rape," "rapist," and "prison" when his name was entered into the search box on Google.fr.

Although the man had previously been imprisoned in France on charges of corrupting a minor, the court decided in his favour, and has moved that Google pay the man €5,000 in damages.

As a result of the ruling, Google has also been ordered to remove the automatically-generated suggestions - although the advertising giant says it will to appeal the court's decision.

In an email statement, a Google spokesperson claimed that "it is important to point out that Google Suggest is an aggregate of the most popular searches based on past requests from users," and that it believed that the court had misunderstood the basic point that "Google does not suggest these terms."

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Is anyone surprised that courts would rule against Google despite that fact that the suggested terms merely reflect prior searches, or is it clear that Google's behaviour resulted in direct damage to the man's reputation?

Do you think the company will succeed with its appeal?

Do you think that this might alert other trolls around the world?

Do you think !@#$ courts will do something similar?

I think court did the right thing. Google technology was unintentionally defaming that man. I think local court should do the same.

^um...that is a sarcastic joke..right?

Thx God that Google is not suggesting something like rapist etc. with my name.

suggestions happen when other people search the same query over and over again.

So if I write "Imran is gay" and search for it 100 times, then it will show up to us immediately

Seems like another case of courts struggling to understand how technology works...

google didn't bend on china's requests, i doubt they are going to pay any attention to the french...

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I think court did the right thing. Google technology was unintentionally defaming that man. I think local court should do the same.
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are you f—ing kidding me… dude already defamed himself with the disgusting act, google is doing nothing wrong at all, its like you saying why tv news is reporting about corrupt polticians and its defaming them, give me a freakin break man

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man had previously been imprisoned in France on charges of corrupting a minor,.
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suggestions happen when other people search the same query over and over again.

So if I write “Imran is gay” and search for it 100 times, then it will show up to us immediately

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lol that the good one here is the real result.

http://www.google.com.pk/#hl=en&source=hp&biw=1024&bih=610&q=imran+is+gay&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&fp=1db38235ff244d05