Man Arrested For Child Porn, Blames Google For Making It Too Easy To Find

from the well-there's-a-defense dept

It's amazing how little anyone is willing to accept blame these days. They always find someone else to blame for their actions. For an extreme example, a guy in the UK arrested for having more than 16,000 child porn photos is using the unique defense that it's all Google's fault for making it so easy to access the photos. His lawyer noted: "He feels that he would not have committed these offences if this information was not so freely available. He feels if companies like Google did not provide access to such sites, he would not have committed the offences." It's tough to see the court buying that kind of argument.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 May 2008 @ 11:53am

    Re: Re: Re: Google not at fault?

    I might point out that a warning message wouldn't do much at all. The guy already had to turn of SafeSearch. If he got a message saying, "this material may be objectionable or illegal," I'm sure his response would be, "yeah, that's what I asked for."

    You make an interesting point on filtering based on key words, but I think it's a much more difficult problem than you make it out to be. You'd have to come up with "dirty" words, and then think of combinations of "clean" words that become dirty, and so on. Google is designed to search and it does it's job very well; don't blame it for the perversions of the people that use it.

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