German court says Google must act on defamatory suggestions

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  1. Triumph Member

    German court says Google must act if autocomplete makes defamatory suggestions
    more at link

    also covered @PC World
    says suplements and cosmetics

    link to German press release
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  2. The Wrong Guy Member

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  3. Anonymous Member

    The output of an automated algorithm can be defamatory? That law is fucked up imo.
  4. I see multiple wins here.

    1) Deutschanons have clearly showed CO$ who runs the SEO Win
    2) CO$ sued Google, making the two enemies in court. Win
    3) Google would have been motivated to show that CO$ was in fact all of the nasty things its auto-complete algorithms said that it was, and to show that users benefited from such auto-completion - I imagine they discovered tons of delicious cases of CO$ fraud in the process. Win
    4) Google lost. I don't think Google will forget this anytime soon. Win

    Am I reading this wrong?
  5. The Internet Member

    Maybe not defrauding people would help RS's autocomplete reputation?

    Who is RS?
  6. Anonymous Member

  7. Anonymous Member

    It's not a good precedent to turn search engines into the internet police. Bad move German court.
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  8. DeathHamster Member

  9. Anonymous Member

    Nutrition makes me hungry.
  10. DeathHamster Member

    Want some yummy calmag and mega-vitamins?
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  11. Quentinanon Member

    In scientology, RS is an abbreviation for "Rock Slam", indicating "evil intentions" connected with the item reading on an E-Meter.
  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    More Privacy Woes For Google: This Time It's Autocomplete | Forbes

    Another feature of Google Search is under challenge, just weeks after the company was ordered to implement a right to be forgotten in Europe.

    A Hong Kong court today ruled that local businessman Albert Yeung Sau-sing can sue the company over its Autocomplete function, which makes proactive suggestions when a user starts to type into the search box.

    In the case of the businessman, chairman of the Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures group, Autocomplete suggested terms such as ‘triad’, along with the names of individual triad gangs.

    According to the South China Morning Post, Google argued that it couldn’t be held responsible for the suggestions made by Autocomplete. It was, it argued, a “mere passive facilitator”, with its algorithm based on the content of previous searches.

    Not so, said judge Marlene Ng May-ling: the information was “distilled pursuant to artificial intelligence set up by Google Inc themselves by virtue of the algorithms they have created and maintained to actively facilitate the search processes.” In other words, the algorithms didn’t spring into being from nowhere.

    Continued here:

    HK Court: Tycoon Can Sue Google Over Autocomplete |

    The billionaire's business empire includes an entertainment company that produces films and manages some of the city's biggest celebrities. He argues that his reputation has been "gravely injured" and wants compensation.

    Judge Marlene Ng disagreed with Google's lawyers, who argued Yeung was better off asking the websites where the defamatory information was published to remove it. She said Google had the ability to censor material.

    "Any risk of misinformation can spread easily as users forage in the web. The art is to find the comfortable equilibrium in between," she said in her ruling.
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  13. DeathHamster Member

    Google better give Albert Yeung Sau-sing want he wants. You don't want a Triad boss mad at you.
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  14. The Wrong Guy Member

    Hong Kong tycoon cleared to sue Google over 'triad' link

    "We will... continue to take legal action against Google for the publication of offending/defamatory words that gravely injured Dr Yeung's reputation," the billionaire's company spokesperson said in an email to AFP Wednesday.

    Google faced a similar court case in Germany in 2013 when an unnamed entrepreneur successfully sued after the search engine's auto-complete function linked his name to "Scientology" and "fraud". A German court ordered Google to remove the offending words.
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