Germans Call For Search Engine Regulation To Eliminate Risky Results

German public officials, academics and media specialists are calling for the adoption of regulation to force search engines to edit content provided in results in order to filter out pornographic and racist material, as well as links to sites inappropriate for children or intended to defraud consumers. The call comes after scientists claimed during a conference in Berlin that all major search engines returned risky sites in results for popular keywords and that the number of dangerous web pages skyrocketed in advertising. A Google executive explains that a search engine’s job is to apply algorithms. Therefore, the executive says, Google refrains from editing search results as if it were a media company. It only does so to comply with local laws. Conference participants, meanwhile, also supported the creation of a European search engine to break the monopoly U.S. based companies have over search in the continent. Experts have already pointed out that it would be difficult to develop a public-private venture such as the Quaero search engine and digital library to compete with giants such as Google.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What do they intend to achieve with the approval of the regulation?
How did they identify the need for this regulation?
What has been the response of search engines?


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