General Chat Thread, Should Google censor its images? in General; Just reading this story about a racist image appearing at the top of the search results for "Michelle Obama" and ...
25th November 2009, 01:57 PM #1
Should Google censor its images?
Just reading this story about a racist image appearing at the top of the search results for "Michelle Obama" and it got me thinking.
Google says it won't remove the image as it is its policy not to meddle with results unless require by law. I can their point but surely stuiff like this should be removed?
25th November 2009, 01:57 PM #2
Why should Google remove it?
25th November 2009, 02:03 PM #3
Well I guess it depends on where you stand on the "Freedom from/Freedom to" argument.
Originally Posted by webman
Personally I think it more important to respect a black woman's freedom from being photoshopped into a monkey rather than someone'e freedom to do it.
Guess I am wondering why should it stay?
25th November 2009, 02:06 PM #4
Ah. So are we on about this one particular image, or any or all of them?
Once Google start removing images, which isn't in line with any policies already set, it sets a precedence that they will just remove images when it suits.
Who decides what gets removed and for what reasons?
25th November 2009, 02:07 PM #5
Because it's a dangerous legal step - if they start policing some content, they'll have to police all content. At the moment they're safe under the Safe Harbour law, if they started getting rid of some content, that would be out of the window, they'd then be sued by every copyright holder in the known world for all the links to torrent sites, other illegal downloads, porn in countries where it's illegal, etc. etc. The list would be endless. Google are safe under the fact they're a link index, the issue of content lays with the company hosting the content.
Thanks to Diello from:
sparkeh (25th November 2009)
25th November 2009, 02:58 PM #6
26th November 2009, 12:29 PM #7
... What happens when you start shuffling content around according to who complains
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