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BBC will publish list of articles removed by Google

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The BBC is going to publish a list containing all of the articles removed by Google from its search engine under the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling.

What’s more, the British media organisation says it will continually update the list over time, ensuring it stays up to date.

The ‘right to be forgotten’ is a rule imposed against Google by the European Court of Justice that allows members of the public to request the removal of search results pertaining to them.

Google began accepting requests for search result removals back in May, with 12,000 applications submitted on the very first day.

Fortunately, Google decided to inform websites whenever a link was removed, meaning the BBC will find it extremely easy to manage its list.

The head of editorial policy at the BBC, David Jordan, says that some of the BBC’s articles have been wrongly hidden, and has talked up the public’s ‘right to remember.'

The BBC will begin publishing the list at some point in the ‘next few weeks’.

As of August 21, Google has received somewhere north of 30 million search result deletion requests, although a large number of these are attributed to copyright violations.

The ruling has been widely criticised as many see it as a form of internet censorship.

If you’ve got a dirty past that you want blasted off the face of the world’s favourite search engine, you’re free to send in your own request.

You’ll need to provide weblinks to the material, the name of your home country, and explanation of why the links should be removed, and photo ID to ‘guard against fraudulent applications.’

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