Who's responsible for the Google results?

Wed 3 June 2009 13:50, Editors

Who's responsible for the Google results?

A bit of a strange case in Holland. The case is between a car-reseller (Zwartepoorte) and a website which sells houses (Miljoenenhuizen.nl). The court ordered that the last one was responsible for a result in Google which indicated the car-reseller went bankrupt.

When Googling for "Zwartepoorte failliet", which means "Zwartepoorte bankrupt" a result in Google suggested that Zwartepoorte did went bankrupt. The link to the article went to a subsite of miljoenenhuizen.nl. On that page though there was no suggestion what so ever that Zwartepoorte really did went bankrupt.

What was the case? On the page two different articles were posted. In one of them Zwartepoorte was mentioned. In the other article was talked about the bankrupcy of a completely different company.

The court however decided that this was the mistake was made by miljoenenhuizen.nl who was to blame for the Google result. Miljoenenhuizen.nl doesn't understand the verdict "how can we be held responsible for a result Google produces?" and decided to take the case to the higher court.


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  • What a terrible verdict! Try a search like "Microsoft bankrupt" and you'll get a lot of results simple because Google looks individualy at every word in a search query.

    Do 4 jun 2009, 16:01

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