Cole distressed by Google gay link

By Derek Sooman on March 8, 2006, 3:21 PM
Google has been asked to explain why the word "gay" has been linked to Premiership footballer Ashley Cole in internet search results by Lawyers acting for the Arsenal and England defender. Seemingly, typing his name into the search engine generates "See results for: ashley cole gay". Currently, the footballer is involved in legal action against the News of the World and The Sun over stories alleging bisexuality among Premiership players; Cole is not named directly, but the footballer is understood to be suing over the effect the stories have had in prompting many internet sites to hypothesize he is the person in the article.

Graham Shear, solicitor for Mr Cole, said that he is interested in the origin of Google’s decision to display the "gay" results alongside general searches for his client.

He said: "I am keen to find out whether the decision to automatically include the term ‘gay’ to the keyword ‘Ashley Cole’ was an editorial decision or one made by a computer based on the volume of searches for ‘Ashley Cole’ linked to the word ‘gay’."




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Phantasm66 said:
All I have to say to this is... who gives a class A subnet mask who the hell is gay or not anyway? What does who he fancies relate to how he plays football? We are too obsessed with celebritys' private lives these days.
Didou said:
Heh, when you do a search with the keyword "Didou", Google offers you to search with the keywords "Didou sex god", but I'm not complaining, am I ? ;-)
enasni said:
[b]Originally posted by Phantasm66:[/b][quote]All I have to say to this is... who gives a class A subnet mask who the hell is gay or not anyway? What does who he fancies relate to how he plays football? We are too obsessed with celebritys' private lives these days.[/quote]I can understand why he would be mad about it if hes straight but we as a nation are way too caught up in other peoples private lives. Everything you put into a search engine will come with some sort of negative result in the millions that usually appear so I say don't worry about and get the hell on with your lives!
mentaljedi said:
Its not Google's fault enteriely. I think its automated. So many people put 'cole gay', that it amutomatically puts it up.
DragonMaster said:
[quote] Its not Google's fault enteriely. I think its automated.[/quote]Google's fully automated. You ask them to remove a link and they say that they can't and it's how the system works. In fact they can, but the next crawling will get the page to appear again.[quote]So many people put 'cole gay', that it amutomatically puts it up.[/quote]That's how this one appeared:[url]http://www.google.com/search?q=miserable+failu
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