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Folks may remember Dan Savage's campaign to re-define the term "Santorum," a response to Santorum's anti-gay remarks. The campaign can be called a success, as Savage's website remains one of the top hits on a Google search of "Santorum" and "Rick Santorum" as well, a fact not unnoticed by the ex-Senator.
Now Santorum has asked Google to filter out these results, but is not pleased with the search engine's response. From CNN:
In an e-mail to CNN, a Google spokeswoman said, "Google's search results are a reflection of the content and information that is available on the Web. Users who want content removed from the Internet should contact the webmaster of the page directly. Once the webmaster takes the page down from the Web, it will be removed from Google's search results through our usual crawling process."
She added: "We do not remove content from our search results, except in very limited cases such as illegal content and violations of our webmaster guidelines."
In fact, Santorum has gone so far as to claim that Google would treat him differently were he, say, Vice President Biden.
Is it Google's responsibility to filter their search results? Or perhaps, is it their responsibility to provide the most accurate account of the material on the web? Food for thought.