Don't Censor Search
5 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2013
Date Written: September 7, 2007
When search engines lead thousands of searchers to anonymous online harassment, it may seem only natural to look for legal ways to make the harassment disappear from search results. This initially attractive idea is in fact deeply dangerous. It pressures the wrong intermediary, invites abuse by spammers and censors, and misunderstands the relationship between search engines and search users. Search-engine amplification is part of the problem of online harassment, but laws targeting search engines are the wrong solution.
Keywords: search, search engines, Google
JEL Classification: K00
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