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German court: Google not required to review websites in search results

Germany's Federal Court of Justice ruled that Google Inc. is not compelled to filter websites' content before including them in the search results, Reuters reports.

The Alphabet Inc. unit may only be required to take action when it has been informed about a clearly recognizable violation of individuals' rights.

The decision came in response to a lawsuit by two individuals, who are appealing that Google prevent its search engine from showing links to where they were assaulted by other Internet users. They argued that Google was partly responsible for the violation of the individuals' rights and wanted the tech company to put up search filters to shun the websites' appearance and the information about the users from future searches.

The court, however, disagreed and decided that a search engine can only be expected to undertake action after it has been notified about a clear violation.

In 2014, Google implemented the "right to be forgotten" ruling by the European Union, requiring the search company to amend and delete links to "irrelevant" or "inadequate" search results at the request of European citizens.

Company engineers have modified Google's technical infrastructure to allow it to delete certain search results, and the company has begun sending emails to individuals whose removal requests have been granted.