Google loses autocomplete defamation suit in Japan

Autocomplete suggestions for ‘Tokyo District Court’ in Japanese on

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A Japanese court has ordered Google to modify its autocomplete function so that it does not suggest a connection to crimes when a Japanese man’s name is entered, adding that the Web giant must pay 300,000 yen ($3,100) to the plaintiff.

The ruling by the Tokyo District Court comes after its injunction last year backing the plaintiff, a Tokyo man who has not been identified. Google did not follow the injunction.

The man claimed that when Google users begin typing his name, the search engine would automatically suggest criminal acts he did not commit. The links would produce articles slandering him, he said.

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