Google Europe De-Activates Handful of New York Times Articles

GoogleLogoIn the summer of 1998, the New York Times introduced something called “Roar of the Crowd.” The goal, the paper explained, was to describe cultural events “through their audiences’ experiences.”

Perhaps someone from the audience quoted in Peter Applebome’s review of Villa Villa by Argentine ensemble De La Guarda no longer wants to be held to their opinions. The article is one of several recently removed by Google from some of its European search results. From Noam Cohen and Mark Scott’s NYT report:

Of the five articles that Google informed The Times about, three are intensely personal — two wedding announcements from years ago and a brief paid death notice from 2001…

Since May, when the European high court made its initial decision on the “right to be forgotten,” Google has received roughly 140,000 privacy requests connected to more than 500,000 links, according to the company’s top lawyer. So far, the search giant has approved around half of the requests.

The other NYT Google Europe adjustment relates to the May 2002 article “Three Websites Closed in Spam Inquiry.” The author of this one, by the way, is a reporter who has been described as being “the possessor of the paper’s best byline:” Jennifer 8. Lee.