Tuesday, February 27, 2007

First Amendment Lets Search Sites Reject Ads

From CNET's Yahoo Blog:
"A federal court has ruled that search engines have a First Amendment right to reject ads as part of their protected right to speak or not speak. The U.S. District Court in Delaware has effectively shut down a lawsuit filed by Christopher Langdon, who had attempted unsuccessfully to sell ads on Google, Yahoo and Microsoft's search Web sites.

"Langdon has several Web sites that purport to expose fraud among North Carolina state officials and to discuss atrocities committed by the Chinese government, according to the court filings. Allegedly, Google rejected Langdon's ads because they attacked individuals, MSN ignored the request and Yahoo denied the request saying it only takes ads from sites it hosts. So Langdon sued them on claims of fraud."
Read the full decision.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your comments re Langdon v. Google neglected my assertions that Google removed my website, www.ncjusticefraud.com, from its search results for "Roy Cooper" and "Attorney Genral Roy Cooper" after I attempted to advertise the site. Once I filed suit, Google re-instated the site. However, I noticed recently that Google has removed it from its 638 results for searches of "Roy Cooper," while Yahoo and Microsoft both rank it high.
Google has made numerous public statements that its search results are objective, the result of a computer algorithm, not human manipulation. The way that Google has manipulated my N.C. website demonstrates human manipulation.

Chris Langdon, qiology@aol.com