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Celebrities block themselves from Argentinian search results

From a post by Firuzeh Shokooh Valle and Christopher Soghoian at the Open Net Initiative site:

Since 2006, Internet users in Argentina have been blocked from searching for information about some of country’s most notable individuals. Over 100 people have successfully secured temporary restraining orders that direct Google and Yahoo! Argentina to scrub the results of search queries. The list of censorship-seeking celebrities includes judges, public officials, models and actors, as well as the world-cup soccer star and national team head coach Diego Maradona.

Wow. Argentinian celebrities either have a different view of celebrity or of the Web, or both.

The post (which contains much more detail) notes that Yahoo was not notifying searchers that their search results were being blocked, a violation of the Global Net Initiative ethical guidelines that Yahoo, Google, and others recently promulgated. But, Chris Soghoian in an email notes that yesterday Yahoo fixed the transparency problem.

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One Response to “Celebrities block themselves from Argentinian search results”

  1. Yet another example that us, Argentines, are beyond saving!

    More seriously, though, it is quite dumb, to say the least, since results are only blocked on the argentine versions of Google, Yahoo, et. al. Go to Goolge spain, Chile, Colombia and you get the full stuff.

    There are 2 things to have in mind: although no one likes to have his / her image associated with porn or other types of not-so-nice content I don’t think people (much less so “celebrities”) will be able to afford their popularity without showing up in Search engines.

    The other more disturbing thought is how outdated Argentina’s legal system actually is. That and the lack of common sense, but the latter is everyday currency on this latitude.

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