Google called a source of porn, taken to court

By Derek Sooman on May 5, 2006, 9:49 AM
Google is being accused of being a source of porn. The internet search giant is being taken to court by a Nassau County legislator, who contends that the company generates billions in revenue from the pornography trade and illicit profiteers.

It is alleged that the company is the world's largest distributor of child pornography, and there are claims that child porn is part of the company's business model. Although Google provides a filter called SafeSearch, it doesn't eliminate all adult material, and nothing prevents children from turning it off. Google, of course, strongly disagrees with these accusations.

Google spokesman Steve Langdon said in a statement: "Child pornography is illegal, and Google prohibits it in our products. When we find or are made aware of any child pornography, we remove it from our products, including our search engine. We also report it to the appropriate law enforcement officials and fully cooperate with the law enforcement community to combat child pornography.




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abc said:
I don't see how a search engine can be "promoting" anything that you didn't already want. I find it disturbing that we have legislators this ignorent in the US.What i got from the article is that google should filter the internet, and teach this poor man to use a computer.
Phantasm66 said:
Look, people are just out to get Google, and that's that. If it was not this, they would find something else.
DragonMaster said:
Google is a search engine and it will show you every sites it's robots looked.
Phantasm66 said:
Its just another excuse to attack Google - you can find porn, both "normal" and "unacceptable" all over the Internet without hardly any effort. Google has nothing to do with it specificially. Its just another attempt to thrawt the company's growth.
PanicX said:
As absurd as the claims may be, this type of claim can still be damaging regardless.Google should look into that legislators' financial records for possible money transfers from Microsoft.
mentaljedi said:
You're probably onto something PanicX
thrudd said:
And the Legislator being from Nassau County and that they may be up for re-election has nothing to do with it right?Never underestimate the power of stupidity.
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