Argentina model sues Google for old pics being used by porn sites

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BUENOS AIRES – It definitely brings the oogle out of Google! A fashion model from Argentina is suing the site, saying her old photos pop-up in search results for porn sites. Belen Rodriguez says it’s blowing her reputation.

“They have ruined my life and now say that what I’m asking for is censorship… Truthfully for me, having to explain every day that I’m not a prostitute is a daily complication,” says Rodríguez.

The 29-year-old initially sued Google and Yahoo back in 2006. She was awarded almost $15,000, but that was later cut by more than half. Now Argentina’s Supreme Court is on the case.

For their part, Google said in a statement to CNN: “Search engines are neutral platforms that do not create nor control content on the web.” The civil rights association of Argentina agrees.

“Curiously, the authors of the content [in question] were not even called to testify and that’s part of the problem. It’s those creators of content who should be responsible. The problem, of course, is that sometimes is difficult to find them,” says Ramiro Alvarez Ugarte, with the Civil Rights Association of Argentina

A ruling is expected in a matter of weeks.