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A Paris court has convicted US search engine giant Google and its chief executive Eric Schmidt of defamation over results from its "suggest" function, a French legal affairs website has revealed.
The new function, which suggests options as you type in a word, brought up the words "rapist" and "satanist" when the plaintiff's name was typed into the search engine, legalis.net reported.
The court concluded that the search engine's linking his name to such words was defamatory.
The statement said that the Google Suggest function simply reflected the most common terms used in the past with words entered, so it was not Google itself that was making the suggestions.
Google isn't making a claim about WHAT IS with search suggestions; they're making a SUGGESTION about what you MIGHT MEAN. If you didn't mean to type that, then don't click it, and move on. How is that hard?
As already stated, it is not "simply a suggestion to search". It would have been if I am suggested to search BEFORE I type anything in the search box! But this is not the case! You're suggested DURING my typing and even after I hit the "Search" button. This is something very, very different from a "simple suggestion to search".
I know what I'm searching for. Why do you think I'm an idiot and suggest me what to search instead AFTER I hit the "Search" button?
Google isn't making a claim about WHAT IS with search suggestions; they're making a SUGGESTION about what you MIGHT MEAN.
Irony alert... you say it isn't a search suggestion and then go on to complain about when it makes suggestions...
Do you really believe those suggestions are assertions?
- Assertion (computing), a computer programming technique
- Logical assertion, logical assertion of a statement
- Patent assertion, the enforcement of patent rights, usually by litigation against an infringing party
- Assertions (auditing), used in the context of a financial statement audit
- Assertions are also a kind of speech act.
Don't bother, evidently this concept is too complicated for people here to grasp. Apparently Google isn't suggesting search terms they are making accusations and assertions.
If you lead someone to negative information or opinion, are you guilty of defamation? does everybody understand 'suggestions'?
You seem to be implying that those of us who agree with this decision are stupid and incapable of thinking for ourselves on this.
You should remember that was google found guilty of defamation in a court of law. Do you consider yourself to be smarter and more capable of good judgement than the court who made this ruling?
It's like WebmasterWorld publishing, on the right hand side of the page, keywords used to access this site. If some moron searches on Google for "cien likes to play with Barbies" site:webmasterworld.com LOL!
Do you consider yourself to be smarter and more capable of good judgement (sic) than the court who made this ruling?
[edited by: Demaestro at 1:06 am (utc) on Sep 30, 2010]
I know it wasn't a factoid it was a search suggestion. Looking at the search results gives me the facts, the items in that drop down box are SUGGESTIONS TO SEARCH NOT ASSERTIONS! To defame someone you have to make an assertion/accusation about them.
I don't get the argument. Use the search engine with their terms or don't. It's that simple...
I don't get the argument. Use the search engine with their terms or don't. It's that simple..
Brings up the suggestion LA kings win Stanley cup... Interesting since they have never won it.
Because of that search suggestion should I now think that the LA kings have won a Stanley cup?
Of course that's the crux of the matter, how much Google's responsible for it's search suggestions. It's somewhere between not at all and completely. Google's normally pretty teflon on taking any responsibility for anything it does or any impacts it has.
But it sure looks like the actual crux, in this particular conviction, is that a web entity was penalized for something an automated process did, even though it happened to be 100% correct.
Google's making connections that aren't neccessarily (sic) true,
Type the letters "micro" in the search box, and the first suggestion that comes up is "Microsoft," not because Google loves Microsoft -- Google doesn't, they're deadly competitors -- but because "Microsoft" is what most people who type the letters "micro" are looking for.
[edited by: Demaestro at 5:00 pm (utc) on Oct 1, 2010]