[Air-L] 'Human error' halts Google search
malte.ziewitz at oii.ox.ac.uk
Sun Feb 1 00:12:15 PST 2009
Mathieu O'Neil wrote:
> BBC NEWS
> "What happened? Very simply, human error," wrote Marissa Mayer, vice
> president, search products and user experience, on the Official Google
> The internet search engine works with stopbadware.org to ascertain which
> sites install malicious software on people's computers and merit a warning.
> Stopbadware.org investigates consumer complaints to decide which sites
> are dangerous.
> The list of malevolent sites is regularly updated and handed to Google.
Technically, stopbadware.org just provides the criteria and guidelines
for identifying "badware." Based on these guidelines, Google generates
its own list of badware URLs.
This subtle distinction became the cause for an interesting struggle for
(or against) accountability in yesterday's events. Ultimately, this
let to Google revising their original blog post (this happened after the
BBC report was published if I convert time zones correctly):
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