Many people looking for pictures of Michelle Obama on Google today won’t necessarily see the picture posted here. Instead, they may see a doctored picture of the US first lady that has been branded racially offensive. It shows a superimposed image of an ape on Michelle Obama’s face.
But should Google have removed the image? They say they believe in free speech and the internet should be open to all kinds of things and offensiveness alone is not enough to remove content. Or is it? Does it depend on the nature of the offence, who they’re offending etc? This blog has been talking about it.
Should the worlds biggest search engine censor this kind of stuff? Or is Google right to let free speech prevail?