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Bettina Wulff says she hopes to clear up the allegations in her forthcoming book

Discussion:  The wife of a former German President is suing Google for the suggested search terms that pop up when her name is entered in the search engine. When Bettina Wulff is typed into Google’s search engine, suggested search terms include the words “prostitute” and “red light district”.  Google says the auto-generated text resembles what others are already searching online, but Wulff denies ever having worked as a prostitute or escort.  It has been reported that the rumors started in order to disrupt her husband’s political career.  Wulff filed a defamation suit against Google last week.

Source:  BBC News

Date:  September 10, 2012


Discussion Questions:

  • If Google starts editing its search terms, is this a violation of our First Amendment rights?
  • Can Google prevent outside parties from manipulating its automatically generated search terms?


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