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Hong Kong court rules tycoon can sue Google for defamation

Published on Aug 6, 2014 5:52 PM
A person prepares to search the internet using the Google search engine on May 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A Hong Kong court has ruled that a local tycoon can sue Google for defamation because searches for his name on Google suggest adding the word 'triad', Hong Kong’s notorious organised crime groups.

Searches in both English and Chinese for Mr Albert Yeung Sau-shing, the founder and chairman of Hong Kong-based conglomerate Emperor Group, will automatically suggest phrases related to organised crime using Google’s ‘autocomplete’ function.

On Tuesday, the High Court of Hong Kong dismissed Google’s argument that it was not responsible for the autocomplete suggestions related to Yeung and that the court did not have personal jurisdiction over the United States (US) search giant.

Google frequently finds itself embroiled in legal issues over what results are shown by its search engine.

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