Google loses defamation case in Italy

Google loses defamation case in Italy

Summary: Court of Milan has upheld its earlier decision to order Google to filter out libelous phrases that pop up in autocomplete suggestions in the search input bar.

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Google has lost a case in Italy over the defamatory nature of autocomplete suggestions, according to a lawyer for the complainant.

Lead counsel Carlo Piana wrote on his blog on Tuesday that the Court of Milan has upheld its earlier decision to order Google to filter out libelous search suggestions. These are the suggestions that pop up in Google's search input bar, proposing what the user might be wanting to search for.

People searching via Google for Piana's client, who remains publicly unnamed, were apparently presented with autocomplete suggestions including truffatore ("con man") and truffa ("fraud").

Read more of "Google loses autocomplete defamation case in Italy" at ZDNet UK.

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David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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