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Google loses autocomplete defamation case

superglaze (1112971) writes | more than 3 years ago

EU 2

superglaze (1112971) writes "Google has been found liable in an Italian court for defamatory comments made against an anonymous plaintiff — the complainant's name, when googled, elicited autocomplete suggestions that translate as "con man" and "fraud". Google was found not to qualify for EU 'safe harbour' protection because the autocomplete suggestions were deemed to be Google's own creation, and not something merely passing through its systems."
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Not uncommon surname (1)

CrispyZorro (1809948) | more than 3 years ago | (#35723840)

Truffa, Truffi, Truffo, and Truffolo can be found on some Italian surnames lists via Google search. Though the article doesn't say, I would guess the plaintiff's last name shares a root with whatever terms he is offended by. It's not hard to see where auto-complete might go if you start typing one of these.

Re:Not uncommon surname (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#35724856)

My first guess would be auto-completions for the word "Berlusconi"... a bit disturbing if he's now Anonymous, though.
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