bettinawulff Google sued by former German presidents wife over search results

Bettina Wulff, the wife of the former German president Christian Wulff, has sued Google over search results that link her with prostitution.

Bettina Wulff, the wife of the former German president Christian Wulff, has sued Google over search results that link her with prostitution.

 
When her name is entered into Google's search engine, the suggested search terms that come up include words like “prostitute,” “escort” and “red light district,” including the German equivalents. Google says this is due to what users are already searching for based on its search algorithms, but this explanation is not enough to satisfy Wulff.
 
She is launching a defamation case against the search giant. While Google's defence will likely centre on the fact that it only hosting the search terms entered by users, and not, therefore, deliberately defaming her, a previous case where suggested search terms linked a man with crimes he did not commit forced Google to disable the autocomplete function for that name.
 
bettinawulff Google sued by former German presidents wife over search results
 
Wulff says she has never worked as a prostitute and plans to release a book that clears up the matter. Reports suggest that the rumours were started in order to affect her husband's political career. He resigned from the presidency earlier this year over allegations of corruption.
 
Mrs. Wulff has been fighting the lurid accusations for several years now, with 34 successful cease-and-desist orders issued by her lawyers. Of course, all of the publicity surrounding the lawsuits will only serve to encourage curious users to search online for more information. Securing a victory over Google will be pivotal, therefore, in clearing her name.
 
Source: BBC
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