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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Google censors autocomplete results in Italy

After Google’s problems with China, the search engine giant is once again having problems but this time with another country – Italy.

Autocomplete feature has proven to be quite useful over the years, but it seems that some people don’t agree. For example, it seems that the Italian government is having issues with this feature,
therefore they have requested from Google to filer certain search results.
It appears that Italian government doesn’t welcome certain suggestions that appear while searching for a specific public figure. Some of those suggestions include words such as fraud and similar, the Italian government requested the removal of those suggestions from autocomplete feature.
At first, Google refused to do this, saying that these suggestions are generated by an algorithm, but eventually, Google had to remove those suggestions from autocomplete since it lost its case against the Italian government.
We’re not positive that this type of censorship is a good thing, and we have to ask ourselves, will Google be censored even more in the future?
[via Ubergizmo]


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