Google is hands off on cyberhate

The head of Google Israel defended his company’s hands-off approach to cyberhate.

CEO Meir Brand said his company believes in the right to free expression, he told a conference on terrorism and anti-Semitism in Herzeliya Monday organized by the Anti-Defamation League.

”Google is not and should not become the central arbiter of what does and does not appear on the Web,” he said.

Brand explained that Google censors results from its search index when required to by law. In countries such as Germany and Austria Google removes Nazi references, which are illegal. In other countries, the company links to a warning page, informing users that some entries might be offensive before displaying the results.

 

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