App for That
Shoot the Search Engine
Ugh, is there anything worse than when you find yourself nodding your head like yeah to a catchy song only to discover that it’s about Nazism? There’s a new app that helps you avoid those musical faux pas. It’s currently being tested in Germany to fight the spread of that genre of music.
The former head of Formula One racing, Max Mosely, lost his post a few years back after British tabloids ran pictures of him involved in am alleged “Nazi themed” orgy. Google, understandably, has thousands of search results that link to queries involving Mr. Mosley and the term “orgy.” In fact, shortly after we publish this piece, they will have another (oops).
Now Mr. Mosley is suing Google in Germany and France to have these terms removed. Amazingly, the Guardian reports that hundreds of references to this incident have already been removed by Google in response to Mr. Mosley’s lawyers. But they won’t scrub the results entirely. “The fundamental thing is that Google could stop this appearing but they don’t or won’t as a matter of principle,” Mr. Mosley told British authorities. “The really dangerous things are the search engines.”