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. Continue reading