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Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Google: Ashley Cole Gay?

Oh my. You know how Google for some searches splits up the results into different “related” sub sections? Well, now England’s soccer star Ashley Cole finds himself in the middle of such a “related” section: when you enter Ashley Cole into Google, half way down the page you will see a suggestion: “See results for: ashley cole gay.”

Naturally, these type of result suggestions are fully automated. What likely triggered this particular related search was a libel action by Cole against newspapers who said Premiership players were making out with each other. This looks like a new variant of Googlebombing that for now went off inadvertently; I wonder, could it be maliciously triggered in the future?

[Thanks Brinke Guthrie.]


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