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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales calls ruling against Google wide-sweeping censorship

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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has reportedly hit out European ruling forcing Google to edit or delete search results, stating it as wide-sweeping censorship.

According to CNET, the European Union of Justice decided to preserve the 'right to be forgotten' which allows individuals to request the removal of links to irrelevant or incorrect information about themselves.

The ruling implies that instead of trying to get an offending article, photo or online posting removed by the publisher, the subject of that article can contact Google and ask for the removal.

Wales said that this is the most wide-sweeping internet censorship rulings ever and if one digs into the ruling, it doesn't make much sense.

He added that users can complain about anything citing it as irrelevant and it would be very difficult for Google to resolve it.

Meanwhile, Google said the European Court's decision was 'disappointing', the report added.

First Published: Thu, May 15 2014. 13:08 IST