Photo: Google censored in Argentina
In an unprecedented move, an Argentine court has ordered Google, Inc. to stop having its search engine suggest any sites that are anti-Semitic in nature. In addition the court is mandating that Google remove those type of sites from it massive search engine index. As a result of the court order Google would have to stop suggesting searches that lead to anti-Semitic sites even if someone was asking to be lead to those type of sites.
Many view this as a form of censorship, though it is in essence a censoring of search results, and the Argentinian constitution does not allow censorship in general. However, the ruling judge stated that he was deciding in favor of protecting people from discrimination which outweighs the censorship argument.
The ruling was the result of numerous Jewish organizations in the country working under the umbrella of ‘Delegacion de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas’ filing for an injunction against 76 different websites they find ‘highly discriminatory’.
Google, for its part, said it is waiting to see the official court order before deciding what to do next.