A Hong Kong court has opened the way for a local tycoon to sue Google over its autocomplete feature for adding “triad,” a term for Chinese criminal gangs, and “perversion” to his name when searched.
Google has been arguing that the U.S. company is not liable for the way the autocomplete feature offers suggestions based on popular searches. But on Tuesday, the High Court of Hong Kong dismissed Google’s claims, and ruled that the company could be held responsible for the content it recommends to users.
The legal dispute comes from Albert Yeung, chairman of Hong Kong-based Emperor Group, who began demanding in 2012 that Google remove the suggested search terms from his name, claiming that they are defamatory.
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