Google Gets Suggestive with Gay Footballer

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"Ashley Cole's solicitor has demanded to know why Google are linking his client with the word 'gay' in their internet search results.

If you type 'Ashley Cole' into Google, the service brings up the option 'See results for: Ashley Cole gay.'"

http://football365.com/teams/arsenal/story_179178.shtml

Interesting situation developing here imho. It is accepted and admitted that Google regularly hand tweak the SERP's, what level of liability this leaves them with may well end up being flushed out by a case like this.

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When I read the document

When I read the document filed with the US Federal court in the SearchKing case admitting they manipulated results by hand, the first thing I thought was, "boy, what a Pandora's box. That could get really expensive having to hire, train and monitor employees to hand tweak this result for that purpose and then hand tweak that result for this purpose". Before that admission they could have clung to the perception that they had no control over the machine. By claiming, (and getting a federal judge to agree to), the right to manipulate the results anyway they want since after all it is their search engine, does that not also make them responsible and liable for the results they choose to manipulate?

My guess is that now the question will become, "is it live or is it Memorex"?

One of the important things I believe were glazed over back then was that you can't expect to have the rights to protect yourself without also accepting the responsibility for the consequences of your actions. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

Brilliant.

Try, because there's a story there that had generated a lot of searches for the phrase. It's only natural for a search engine to suggest a relevant search term.

That said, the search suggestions just plain suck. I want to see 10 results for what I searched for, not 3 results for what I searched for, followed by other searches that may be relevant. Show links at the bottom like everyone else.

And finally, Ashley Cole and his team seem to be trying way too hard to squash the gay rumors. Suppressed man love, or attention whoring?

>accepted and admitted that

>accepted and admitted that Google regularly hand tweak the SERP's, what level of liability this leaves them

If you type 'NFFC' into Google, the service brings up the option 'See results for: natural-born troublemaker.'"

I see this as ...

bordering on editorial commentary as distinguished from fact reporting.

Print media are very well aware that there are liability questions that need to be considered in both, and certainly in the area of editorial commentary.

Thanks NFFC

That is funny. And very interesting :)

No hand job to remove it either

The story has been on the wires all day, and G has not made any attempt to hand remove the "offensive" word from Mr Coles SERP.

Google's lawyers musst be supporting the stand.

no hand jobs for gays?

sorry :)

I bet

every single person in the UK reading this wants to post that phrase commonly used when discussing Arsenal?

Ashley Cole miffed over Google 'gay' label

ENGLAND FOOTBALLER Ashley Cole wants to know why Google thinks he's gay.

Hehehe, no wonder!

TheInquirer has the story.

At least the headline wasn't written by a Tottenham supporter

>I bet
every single person in the UK reading this wants to post that phrase commonly used when discussing Arsenal?

As in if you type in "Arsenal" Google asks, did you mean "Arsenal are Gay" ?

Right enough of this, where are those anonymous proxies, time to bombard G with a few well chosen, search terms..;-)

New Form of GoogleBombing?

If bloggers ever figure this little trick out, it'll be funny to see running a search for George Bush turn up as "Did you mean George Bush is an idiot".

Crocked?

On this side of the pond we use "crocked" in reference to getting drunk, as in "Man, I had too many drinks and got crocked last night."

In the Inquirer story:

Lawyers acting for the crocked Arsenal and England defender...

Translation?

crocked = injured

crocked = injured

Thanks Adam

Some words do manage to get muddled in translation from English to English.

This is cute. A search for Ashley Cole crocked brings up the suggestion:

"Did you mean: Ashley Cole crooked"

Appears the Mr. Cole can't catch a break from Google.

jimbeetle - best send that search...

..of yours to Mr Cole's lawyer :-)

Joys of ..

Google cache and Photoshop

Draw your own conclusions

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