Why Google Is Yanking Negative Coverage Of Powerful People From Its Search Results

www.huffingtonpost.com Published: July 3, 2014

The implementation of the European Union's so-called "right to be forgotten" policy is already having a worrying impact on the media, with at least two outlets revealing on Wednesday that links to articles of theirs have been scrubbed from Google, according to The Huffington Post.

A European court ruled in May that Google must remove links to articles from its search engine if the subjects of the post asked it to. The court specified that links could be scrubbed if they were "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed and in the light of the time that has elapsed."

When the ruling came down, some worried that it would place too much power in the hands of public figures who wished to have unflattering information—and, especially, press coverage—about themselves hidden, The Post reports.

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