IanKelley - 6:04 pm on Sep 29, 2010 (gmt 0)
This reinforces two mind boggling truths...
1) French courts are epically clueless when it comes to tech.
2) WWers have no common sense when it comes to Google. So many people want to see them take a hit that they will delude themselves into believing that any hit they take is justified... even when it is a precedent that can potentially hurt smaller websites.
Yes, the algo isn't perfect. No algo is. Lets put the CEOs of MSN, Yahoo and Amazon in jail while we're at it. Startup search engines with buggy new suggestion algos? Jail!
But the funny thing here is that in this instance Google showed completely accurate information about someone who was indeed a child molester using a straightforward suggestion algorithm much like any other search engine would come up with to complete the same task.
Only in France.