Google guilty of defaming French convict

Posted By: Samyuktha
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Paris, Sep 28: The intelligent search engine that Google built its empire on has led the internet giant into trouble in France. A French court has convicted Google and its CEO Eric Schmidt of defamation over its suggestions against search for the name of a man convicted of abusing a minor.

The man, who found his name against search for a child abuse convict, filed a lawsuit against Google. Even though the man was convicted of corrupting a minor, he won the case.

Besides awarding the man $6,700 towards costs, the court also ordered the search engine behemoth to remove the 'harmful' suggestions from the search for this man"s name.

Arguing its case Google told the court that it company doesn"t actually make these suggestions, and they merely represent the most common searches made previously in relation to the words being entered.

Google, now, plans on challenging the decision.

The court, however, stated that the suggestions feature itself is not illegal.

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