Max Mosley sues Google over orgy search results

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Former Formula One motor racing president Max Mosley is suing Google in the European courts, with the aim of getting it to change the way it censors search results.

Mosley made headlines three years ago after successfully suing the UK's News of the World over allegations that he'd taken part in orgies with a Nazi theme. Apparently they were just your normal sort of common-or-garden orgy, and Moseley won £60,000 in damages.

The lawsuit against Google's's now come to light as a part of the UK's Leveson inquiry into the standards of the tabloid press. Mosley told the inquiry that while Google had removed hundreds of references to the false claims when asked, he wants it to start censoring search results proactively.

Google's search suggestions are based on what previous searchers have typed in, and - unfortunately for Mosley - it seems they've been much more interested in the orgies than in his motor racing activities.

Mosley wants the references, and a related video, removed from Google's list of suggested links. He's already taken action in 21 countries, he says.

Google's faced similar hurdles before. It's currently fighting a similar case in Spain. And, in Italy, a man has successfully sued Google for the way its Autocomplete function linked his name with fraud.

However, the company's consistently pointed out that it would be just a little difficult to monitor the entire internet for libelous information.