Google News censoring pics?

February 16, 2009 — 3 Comments

We ran a story earlier today on the name and public details of the alleged Churchill fire arsonist. We didn’t run his picture due to the gag order in place on his picture and address in Victoria (the gag order was lifted on his name), despite The Inquisitr being hosted in the US. No idea whether we were free to do so given where the site is hosted (I’ve heard arguments on both sides), but I didn’t think it was worth getting into a possible legal argument over. On the shot of his MySpace page we took, we purposely blanked out his image.

So this is seriously WTF. We’re in Google News as being based in Victoria, so maybe Google put in place something to be on the safe side? I just don’t know. - Google News

3 responses to Google News censoring pics?

  1. The Sydney Daily Telegraph has posted his photograph on the front
    page of today's edition under the heading “Secret life of an accused
    arsonist” and refers the reader to a full report on Pae 9 which
    discusses his dog (which I noted from his now defunct myspace
    webpage), his paper delivery round, his attempts to “get into the CFA
    for years”, his “loner” attendance at local Bingo sessions with one of
    his mates (who it seems isn't really a mate) together with another
    photograph of him holding a camera and an extra large photograph of
    his house (Picture: Fiona Hamilton)

    The house appears to have several TV antennas.

  2. Does it surprise you though, really? Google is one smart cookie and doesn't play games.

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