The nice thing about this atrocious judicial decision was that it openly exposes the arrogance of those in power and how much they hate and fear the internet. Yes it happened in France, but you can be sure others want to do the same thing, including on this side of the Atlantic.
According to the BBC,
A French judge has ruled against a blogger because her scathing restaurant review was too prominent in Google search results.
The judge ordered that the post’s title be amended and told the blogger Caroline Doudet to pay damages.
Ms Doudet said the decision made it a crime to be highly ranked on search engines.
The restaurant owner said the article’s prominence was unfairly hurting his business.
Ms Doudet was sued by the owner of Il Giardino restaurant in the Aquitaine region of southwestern France after she wrote a blog post entitled “the place to avoid in Cap-Ferret: Il Giardino”.
According to court documents, the review appeared fourth in the results of a Google search for the restaurant. The judge decided that the blog’s title should be changed, so that the phrase: “the place to avoid” was less prominent in the results.
What makes France unique, as far as I can tell, is the boldness and the arrogance by which a judge will try to end freedom in order to bring about the allegedly right result. But what is not unique about French culture is the desire to censor and punish unapproved speech. We all know (or should know!) that Liberals tend to censor whenever they get the power to do so, and that Senate Democrats want to control the press and the internet.
People who have power in society are not interested in losing that power. Even when their own power is not threatened yet, they will still side with others who are in power to make sure no one is in a position to take that power away. I don’t know what else can explain this judge’s behavior.
Some people seem to need reassurance that critics or analysts have been “properly vetted” by the powers that be. The fact that someone could just start writing and become influential seems wrong to them.
That’s how free speech dies.