londrum - 5:17 pm on Sep 10, 2012 (gmt 0)
although it's not really google's fault, can they really claim innocence here?
just because everyone else is spreading the rumour, that doesn't mean that google can too. if your neighbour repeats the rumour, then who cares. but google is not your neighbour. google has millions of "readers". so when google repeats it millions of people will become aware of it.
in a way, it's not much different than a newspaper repeating it. they have the same reach and influence.
what is the alternative? if you say it's okay then you are basically giving google license to print whatever they like about anyone, whether it is true or not. they won't even have to check the facts.