Google Suggest - Can We Affect the Negative Entries? Not too many joined in the discussion, and the OP and I were the major posters. Among my observations....
I'm pleased by the French decision too. Fairly recently, in Oct 2009, we had a discussion about the problem in the US as it was affecting one new user here....
Google Suggest - Can We Affect the Negative Entries?
Not too many joined in the discussion, and the OP and I were the major posters. Among my observations....
It's one thing to get slanderous pages out of the top 10 in Google's serps... quite a bit more difficult to get slanderous search suggestions out of Suggest in Google.
Even though I feel that those are extortion type sites affecting the market areas I've checked out, the considerations are difficult if the problem is framed as a free speech issue. I think tedster is right on, and that it's a matter of the Suggestion threshold needing to be raised and perhaps refined.
The suggestion threshold overall (not just for derogatory words) is a lot lower in Google than it is in Bing and in Yahoo. Google may like the extra fraction of user satisfaction the low threshold apparently provides, but it definitely does have some side effects that need re-examination.
I picked a company at random in a competitive area and noted that "scam" was suggested in Google after only 6 of roughly 12 characters of the company name were typed, whereas neither Bing nor Yahoo showed the "s"-word even after I typed the full company name plus an "s". It can be done.
Vive la France!