Date
20 November 2017
Google has received more than 70,000 requests to remove links to various stories following a European court ruling on "the right to be forgotten". Photo: AFP
Google has received more than 70,000 requests to remove links to various stories following a European court ruling on "the right to be forgotten". Photo: AFP

Google reverses decision to delete British newspaper links

Google on Thursday reversed its decision to remove several links to stories in Britain’s Guardian newspaper as it struggled to implement Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling, Reuters reported.

It was not clear who asked Google to remove the stories in the first place, but the search giant was complying with a European court ruling in May that gave its citizens the “right to be forgotten” by requesting the scrubbing of links to published articles during a search.

The Guardian had protested the removal of its stories about a soccer referee who lied about reversing a penalty decision.

Meanwhile, Google has not restored links to a BBC blog post on the role of former Merrill Lynch chief executive E. Stanley O’Neal in the demise of the Wall Street firm, the report said.

The incidents show that requesting removal of a link may actually bring the issue back into the public spotlight, rather than obscure it, according to the news agency. As such, people may have to think twice before submitting a “right to be forgotten” request, it said.

Google, which has registered its dismay over the court ruling, has received more than 70,000 requests to remove links to various stories, including those from the BBC and the Guardian, the report said.

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