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Jan172010

Google censors ‘Encyclopedia Dramatica’ in Australia

Google has agreed to take down links to a website that promotes racist views of indigenous Australians. “Aboriginal man Steve Hodder-Watt recently discovered the US-based site by searching “Aboriginal and Encyclopedia” in the search engine. He tried to modify the entry on Encyclopedia Dramatica, a satirical and extremely racist version of Wikipedia, but was blocked from doing so. Mr Hodder-Watt then undertook legal action, that resulted in Google acknowledging its legal responsibility to remove the offensive site.[…]”Sites that promote racial vilification would actually fall within that description [illegal sites] and therefore would be filtered.”,” writes Sydney Morning Herald. Now, when searching Google Australia for [Aboriginal and Encyclopedia], there’ll be a disclaimer at the bottom reading “In response to a legal request submitted to Google, we’ve removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read more about the request at ChillingEffects.org that reads “Google received a complaint about a website that allegedly violates the Australian Anti Discrimination Act. Accordingly, Google removed the website from Google.com.au.”

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