Okay Google: Forget me!

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY VIDEO) — In today’s digitally connected world, racist tweets, drunken Facebook photos or tactless emails can come back to haunt individuals years after the fact.

With online search results affecting everything from jobs to relationships, more people are pushing to have a say in shaping their digital narratives – and that includes “the right to be forgotten.”

But critics say delisting information online is censorship, and it’s not in the public interest to rewrite history. In the United States, where free speech is enshrined into the Constitution, the debate has grown even fiercer.

Technology companies meanwhile continue to be inundated with a growing number of requests, which take time and money to review. Google for example has fielded more than 845,000 requests for 3.3 million link removals in the past five years.

As the numbers grow, so do concerns about who should decide what gets “forgotten.” In this episode we ask, should people in the US have the right to be forgotten online?


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