Argentina Orders Google To Censor Suggested Searches
from the it's-algorithmic... dept
Either way, this definitely seems to be a growing global trend of placing the liability and blame for content that people don't like on the intermediaries. Even if we can all agree that the content is offensive and ignorant (and, hopefully, we can), is this really the most sensible response? Personally, I've always found that attempts to censor such content only empower those who already believe in it, because they feel like they're revealing such an important "secret," since others feel the need to shut it down. I tend to think that the best way to respond to bad or offensive speech is with more speech, in order to educate the ignorant.
Either way, putting the responsibility on Google seems silly. Google is just indexing the content. It's not responsible for it. When we seek to put censorship ability on the intermediaries, it feels like we're not dealing with the actual issues. Rather than responding to ignorant speech with more speech, it's trying (and almost certainly failing) to sweep the ignorant and offensive speech under the rug. I greatly prefer a world in which we deal with realities (such as the fact that there are ignorant people out there), rather than hiding them and pretending such people don't exist.