A fair number of a right to be forgotten applications relate to news articles. The difficulty with news articles is that they are intended to be published permanently and, in most cases, they tend to enjoy exceptions to the right to be forgotten principles. Generally speaking, newspapers enjoy a good status on Google but it is still possible to remove an article from Google, even if it comes from a reputable newspaper.
It might be difficult to remove an article from Google, if it is a newspaper article. However, despite the difficulties when it comes to your attempts to remove an article from Google with a right to be forgotten, this is not impossible.
There is often a public interest in the continuous publication of news stories, even if the news stories are old and perhaps are irrelevant to the individual making the right to be forgotten request. The public interest might weigh heavily on the search engine's mind when deciding whether it is appropriate to remove an article from Google as newspapers are an important tool for academic research and for public information. The public interest in the continuous publication of a news article might sometimes take precedent over a right to be forgotten request but not always.
Google Transparency Report, suggests that newspaper websites and news articles account to nearly 20 percent of requests to remove articles from Google. Since 2016, Google had received nearly 500,000 requests to remove an article from Google.
Out of every 7000 requests to remove an article from Google in connection with a news report, 2000 requests are successful, which means you have a 30 precent chance of having a news article removed from Google under a right to be forgotten. This number should be encouraging.
It is possible to remove an article from Google's own platforms and often even having the articles deleted completely. According to Google's own statistics, the highest number of articles have been removed from Google own websites. This includes Google Groups and Google Plus, and in many cases Google My Business. A smaller number of requests to remove an article from Google's own platform relate to Blogger, which is Google's own blogging platform. In relation to Blogger specifically, if you are considering asking Google to remove an article from Google Blogger, consider the fact that Google has control over Blogger which means that Google has the power and the ability to completely delete the articles in question or even deactivate or delete the entire blog. An application to remove an article from Google Blogger needs to be made separately and independently from an application to remove an article from the Google search engine. Requests to removal articles from Google Blogger are handled by the Google team in California, whilst most right to be forgotten requests to Google to remove articles from Google search results, are handled by Google's team in Ireland.
Yes, you can remove an article from Google searches without having to ask Google to have the article removed. What you will need to do instead, is to contact the webmaster of the website where the article is published, whether a blog, a website or a newspaper site, and ask them to take steps to prevent the article from being indexed by Google.
In response to a right to be forgotten request, a webmaster or a newspaper editor may place a little HTML code on a specific web page, which contains the article you want to remove from Google searches, and the code will prevent Google from listing the specific news article page. The code will remove an article from Google searches even if the article is already indexed by Google.
This method could provide a compromise between you and the webmaster, particularly if the webmaster is a newspaper. It will allow the newspaper to maintain the article on its website where readers can access it freely, but at the same time will remove the article from Google searches.
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