YAGG: Google Fined for False Content

November 11, 2009

YAGG is goose talk for yet another Google goof. The search giant has been “ordered to pay 500 000 in damages to Formula 1 racer Rubens Barrichello for hosting fake online profiles of him on its social network Orkut.” You can read “Google to Pay F1 Racer” and decide whether the Brazilian court  was on the right track or stuck in a pit stop. Google’s algorithms for assigning “trust” scores seems to be suspect if these methods were used by the search firm. For me the most interesting comment in the write up was:

Brazilian specialists said the amount of damages was the biggest yet awarded for false web profiles and online libel.

I have quite a file of Orkut items. Google’s social service skills continue to irritate legal den mothers and fathers. I noticed that my Google log in now granted me access to Orkut. I sped out of there, however.

Stephen Arnold, November 11, 2009

Nope, not a farthing for this YAGG write up. I suppose I should report it to former F1 sponsor, Honda.


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