Google found liable for Defamation by French Court

26 09 2010

A French court has found Google and its chief executive Eric Schmidt liable in defamation over autocomplete “Google Suggest” results.  The claimant had been convicted and given a 3 year suspended sentence for corruption of a minor.  He then discovered that if his name was entered into a Google search, the website “suggested” his name linked to “rapist”, “Satanist”, “prison” and a number of similar words.  He argued that the combination of these words was defamatory, regardless of the content of articles or documents which such searches produced. Read the rest of this entry »