Senator proposes fines for non-relevant search results

By Justin Mann on June 23, 2006, 11:19 AM
Despite of the bad connotation usually seen with companies that base its business on advertising, many of them can survive public critisism and actually enjoy of a good reputation such as Google. That said, it's a bit shocking to hear of a Senator from South Carolina propose that search engines returning links based on advertising partners rather than content relevance have severe penalties applied to them including monetary fines in the millions of dollars and even jailtime for the CEOs behind the companies! The article brings up a good point:

The three most popular search engines, Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft's MSN are principally advertising resellers. So the more pages bearing their advertisements they return, the more likely they are to prosper. It's a commercial conflict of interest that none of the big three have yet to address, let alone resolve.
And yet, companies like Google and Yahoo claim to be entirely about relevance, not about advertisement. Definitely an interesting conundrum.




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canadian said:
Why is the U.S. government so against the internet, and the good parts about it?!?!?!?
nathanskywalker said:
[quote]Who could object to such a proposal?[/quote] Oh, definently not me, of course not, this is one of the greatest ideas of all time! Really, people just get dumber and dumber. Ok, so the idea has some merit, mabye it could clean up your search results a little bit, you know what, if you want that use the advanced features, or learn the algorithm, how it works well enough to know how to really use it. WE DO NOT NEED THE GOVERNMENTS "HELP". LEAVE GOOGLE ALONE!
DragonMaster said:
[quote]And yet, companies like Google and Yahoo claim to be entirely about relevance, not about advertisement. Definitely an interesting conundrum.[/quote]Maybe true, what if their robots fell on sites like this?
Julio said:
This might have some sense in the days that Altavista and other big search players started accepting money for higher placements in search results... but nowadays this is hardly the case, so I don't see much room for this ruling to work.
ContentWorth said:
The senator makes a good point. Why wouldn't search engines support the results which lead to more money? Perhaps the US government should also have a regulation against passing laws and bills which gain them more money as opposed to holding any relevance to the needs and desires of the whole. "So the more pages bearing their advertisements they return, the more likely they are to prosper. It's a commercial conflict of interest..."And who better to recognize this type of situation than a senator?
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