Being able to remove the results directly from Google largely breaks the connection between the audience and the defamatory/libelous content. This option has been the best route to obtaining relief for many victims in terms of completeness and speed. Google's suggestion that one should seek redress by going directly to a webmaster to have harmful content removed at source will not work for victims in many cases. If the original site is also immune under CDA, the materials may not be able to be removed and they will
continue to live in the search results. revoked? I have long thought that Google chose to act on defamation removal requests out of concern for self-preservation. I thought it was a calculated strategy both to prevent the legislature from removing some of the CDA's Section fax number list 230 immunity and to reduce the lawsuits they might face from desperate people. The immunity offered by the CDA is of considerable value to Google, and processing defamatory takedown requests is a relatively small price to pay.
It is possible for the legislator to modify the protection of section 230. As I have described above, this has allowed the publication of horribly harmful false content, and there is no effective way to help the victims. It is possible for lawmakers to wake up and try to fill in the gaps in current laws. I think all it would take would be a handful of defamed children of congressmen and senators, and lawmakers could become very motivated to act.