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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Filed Under: censorship, china, democracy, search engines
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    Jeffry Houser (profile), 8 Feb 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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