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French Court Convicted Google and Eric Schmidt Over Google Suggest

Google has lost a lawsuit in a Paris court, which has convicted search engine giant Google and its chief executive Eric Schmidt of defamation over results from its “suggest” function.

The new function, which suggests options as you type in a word, brought up the words “rapist” and “satanist” when the plaintiff’s name was typed into the search engine, a France legalis.net website reported. The plaintiff in this case had been convicted on appeal to a three-year jail sentence for corruption of a minor, a conviction that wasn’t yet definitive, when he discovered the results on entering his name in a Google search.

Google has been ordered to make a “symbolic payment” of one euro in damages and take measures to ensure they could be no repeat of the offence.

A Google spokesman told AFP by email that they would be appealing the ruling.


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