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WSJ: Google Has Already Hidden 100,000 Search Results in Europe


The “right to be forgotten” is already having a huge impact on Google’s search results. Since the landmark May ruling, Google has removed “tens of thousands” of links — potentially over 100,000 — pertaining to Europeans who’ve filed to have that information hidden from web users. According to a Wall Street Journal source, 91,000 people have so far asked Google to pull down links for 328,000 URLs. But the company hasn’t yet gotten around to processing all those requests. Of those it has, Google says it’s removed results in over 50 percent of cases. That suggests Google is working in broad strokes as it responds to the European Union’s controversial decision, which critics say has ushered in a new era of internet censorship. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales recently joined that chorus, saying that Google shouldn’t be “censoring history” with the decisions it’s being forced to make.

Read the full story at The Verge, and the original report at The Wall Street Journal (paywall).

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.