Remember, we are not talking about libel here, and we are not talking about illegally posted copyrighted material and we are not talking about child pornography--these are not legal to publish in the first place. This decision does not touch on those issues at all.
TH: Is there a possibility, thanks to this ruling, that wealthier people could unduly influence search results and poor people not?
JW: Of course they can. They can now hire a lawyer to threaten Google with legal action in Europe. Before this, everyone has a similar playing field. Anyone can start a personal blog to rebut or respond to false claims. Things are now much better for the rich (and for con artists) and much worse for everyone eelse.
TH: Should adults ever have the right to have search engine remove links to stories that mention them?
JW: Absolutely not, under no circumstances ever is it OK to use the force of law to suppress truthful speech. The very idea is disgusting and philosophically bankrupt.
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