Chinese Professor Suing Google And Yahoo For Making Him Disappear From Chinese Search

from the dissident-seo dept

We've seen plenty of lawsuits over the years from people who were upset over how Google ranked them in search results, but here's an interesting twist on that idea. Guo Quan, a professor in China who lost his job after founding a democracy group and pushing for a more democratic China, is going to sue Google and Yahoo for removing all results with his name in China. Google and Yahoo, of course, have agreed to play by local rules in China, upsetting many. Legally, it would seem like this suit has little chance of success -- but I doubt that he cares about the legal result. What this actually does is to call attention to his plight -- and on that front, it's clearly a successful strategy.


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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased), Feb 8th, 2008 @ 8:03am

    A solution

    Sue China, they are the ones censoring him. That is, of course, a death sentence. But he may have already gotten one.

     

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    Jeffry Houser (profile), Feb 8th, 2008 @ 8:08am

    Someone who understand the Streisand Effect?

    It sounds like someone might be using the Streisand Effect intentionally. Novel concept

     

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    Koala MeatPie, Feb 8th, 2008 @ 9:22am

    Sueing Google because he Disappeared from The Net...

    10$ says he,ll just plain disappear next.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2008 @ 10:29am

    Good luck to him...

    Pushing for reform is China is a scary thing; he must be a brave man. I hope he gets what he's working for.



    Does the presence of his name mean that you can't find this techdirt article if you're searching in China?



    Guo Quan Guo Quan Guo Quan Guo Quan Guo Quan

     

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    Fernando, Feb 8th, 2008 @ 12:35pm

    Headline is wrong. He's not "suing." He issued a press release saying he plans to sue. He can't do so in China, so first has to come to the U.S. and raise some money. Not too likely.

    But hey, the bogus headline got you onto Slashdot.

     

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    Lee Phillips, Feb 8th, 2008 @ 1:06pm

    Muslim Censorship of YouTube

    YouTube is owned by Google, which has been famously cooperative with the Chinese government. Perhaps those experiences have taught them that they can bow to demands for political censorship without risking their market share nor the embrace of the techno-literati.

     

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    Elfed Dowler-Jones, Feb 9th, 2008 @ 1:00am

    Chinese Professor Suing Google And Yahoo For Makin

    A brave man indeed! What can we learn from this?

    .....we are compliant in China's dictatorship.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 9th, 2008 @ 8:21am

    acting not just talking

    every person and company should add some Chinese banned keywords in their pages possibly adding as meta tags.

    this would eventually causing all content to
    disappear when searched in China and naturally makes also political point against Google, Yahoo, or any other company for their actions in China.

    //arl

     

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    4-80-sicks, Feb 11th, 2008 @ 9:47am

    Re: acting not just talking

    That's a nice idea, but it doesn't really work unless you get a significant majority of websites in the world to participate. I'm all for grass roots, but good luck with that, especially when it comes to corporations.

     

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    Always looking for better, Feb 12th, 2008 @ 5:03am

    Google voted for it

    As the Google board voted to offer no resistance to such tactics I have already started working hard to ensure I use them as little as I can.

    I find it unfortunate that Yahoo has seems to have lost no sleep over the issue.

    Guess I'll have to find another search engine and cancel my email address.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 13th, 2008 @ 2:24pm

    I guess he really must love Guns and Roses...

     

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