Within the past few weeks, Google has gotten a lot of press, some good and some bad, about its decision to remove search results from people in Europe. On Thursday, Microsoft’s Bing enacted that policy as well, joining Google in allowing for takedown requests from European citizens.
This policy of removing search engine results has been highly controversial in Europe and throughout the world, and Bing joining in adds to the mess. Bing is following Google’s lead in the right to be forgotten act, and many are wondering whether this was a smart move.
What Is Forgotten?
With this European law, it enacts citizens to be able to request search results to be removed from search engines, with whom the search engine can review that request, and an appeal can be filed if questioned. Google has had over 70,000 take-down requests so far, and Bing could be following suit with large numbers as well.
Individuals in Europe now have the power to request search engines to remove controversial links, links to pages that have questionable material about them, or irrelevant to the person mentioned. Bing now joins Google in this move, leaving Yahoo as the only search engine to now have these policies in place.
Is Microsoft Right?
Many though wonder if by joining in with Google, did Microsoft do the right thing? Microsoft is joining in mainly due to the laws enacted in the EU for this type of technology request. Of course, it results in material of all sorts to be removed when requested, sometimes good and sometimes with bad results.
Bing has a large presence in the EU, and they had to join with Google on this move. Microsoft has to follow the laws enacted in the EU, and whether the law is right or wrong, has to allow it to exist. With so many requests so far, Bing will certainly get a large number of requests once the service goes live. Bing is doing its best to gain new users, and by allow users to remove links to questionable material, it could help the service, or hurt it.
The right to be removed tool has a lot of critics. Microsoft now joins Google in erasing the past from the Internet.