Telegraph draws attention to missing stories due to right to be forgotten
One of the most controversial rulings of the European Court of Justice is the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling which has been making quite some splash as it has gained the attention of most of the internet users.
The ruling states that European users who find that a webpage lists information about them which they consider is irrelevant have the right to request search engines to delete the links from showing in the results page.
As a result, some important stories reported by news agencies had to be deleted from the search results because people concerned with the stories requested Google to do so. Also, Google faces other complications regarding decision making about some of the requests as the users’ request do not have a valid reason. Google, along with its industry peers Yahoo and Bing met the European Council earlier this year to discuss and request the advice of the European Council regarding it.
Amidst this, stories reported by the Telegraph went missing as Google had to remove them based on the requests made by users. The Telegraph is now drawing more attention to the controversy as it reports about the stories that went missing.
Telegraph’s Deputy Head of Technology Matthew Sparkes tweeted that it is similar to the Streisand effect when negative publicity is sought by trying to remove the links. Telegraph also enlisted the articles removed from the search results which include a teen who was caught by the police after a wild chase when he was found driving drunk and crashing his car. It also reports about a sales director who threatened a shopkeeper and his wife to steal beer from his shop before going to watch a football match.
Such stories are removed and the Telegraph is drawing attention to these which makes it impossible to remove these from appearing in the search results.