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Google forced by European law to remove positive article

Worcester News | The Guardian

Google has been forced by Europe’s “Right to Be Forgotten” law to remove an article about an artist named Dan Roach from its search results. The article ran in the U.K.’s Worcester News in 2009, and unlike many of the articles memory-holed by the law, was positive.

Roach objected to the piece, however, because it showed work that “bears little resemblance to the paintings I’m now making,” he told the News. He added: “The decision to ask for the link to be removed from Google was based on no more than a wish to highlight my new work, rather than the old.”

The new Worcester News article helpfully reproduces the photo from the 2009 article.

The ruling has caused the search giant to vanish articles subjects find objectionable: The Guardian, for instance, lost links to articles about Dougie McDonald, a Scottish soccer referee who retired after a report said he lied about why he reversed a penalty.

The ruling stemmed from the case brought by a Spaniard named Mario Costeja González who wanted Google to remove “an announcement for a real-estate auction organised following attachment proceedings for the recovery of social security debts owed by Mr Costeja González” published by the newspaper La Vanguardia in the late ’90s. Read more


Career Beat: Former NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth joins HuffPost

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Michael Bloomberg will replace Daniel Doctoroff as chief executive officer of Bloomberg LP. Previously, Bloomberg was mayor of New York City. (New York Times)
  • Gina Sanders is now president of Condé Nast Global Development. She was president and CEO of Fairchild Fashion Media. (Condé Nast)
  • Brian Olsavsky will be chief financial officer for, Inc. He is the company’s vice president of finance. (Amazon)
  • Donte Stallworth is a politics fellow at The Huffington Post. Previously, he was a coaching intern with the Baltimore Ravens. Before that, he was an NFL wide receiver. (HuffPost Politics)
  • Chris Meighan is now design director of The Washington Post’s mobile initiative. Previously, he was The Post’s deputy design director. (The Washington Post)
  • Doris Truong will be weekend editor for The Washington Post’s universal desk. She is the homepage editor for The Post. (The Washington Post)
  • Joe Vardon will cover LeBron James for the Northeast Ohio Media Group. He was a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch. (Romenesko)
  • Tom Gara will be deputy editor for BuzzFeed Business. He is the corporate news editor for The Wall Street Journal. (Recode)
  • David Gehring will be vice president of partnerships for Guardian News & Media. He was the head of global alliances and strategic partnerships for Google. (Release)

Job of the day: The Dallas Morning News is looking for a photographer. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Jill Abramson doesn’t return NYT’s email

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World Cup was most talked-about sporting event in Facebook history

Here’s our roundup of the top digital and social media stories you should know about (and from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day):

— At, Abigail Edge rounds up seven tips from Google’s Dan Russell on how to use search more effectively in your newsgathering — including how to use Google Trends, and when it makes sense to search by color.

— AllFacebook’s David Cohen reports that “350 million Facebook users generated 3 billion interactions” during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, “making it the most-talked-about sporting event in the social network’s history.”

— Nieman Lab’s Joseph Lichterman explains how some news organizations “are stashing staff around the world to keep content fresh.” The rise of mobile means “readers are demanding news content earlier and earlier, and that doesn’t line up with how most newsroom schedules have traditionally been structured.” Read more

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Glenn Greenwald returns, Daily Mail removes Clooney story

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. U.S. officials warned Muslims about Greenwald story: Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain reported in a piece published early Wednesday that the FBI and NSA have “covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans.” Prior to publication, they write, Justice Department officials “were reaching out to Muslim-American leaders across the country to warn them that the piece would contain errors and misrepresentations, even though it had not yet been written.” (The Intercept) | The authors will discuss the story on Reddit. (@ggreenwald)
  2. New Yorker plans changes to paywall: All articles will be available free for three months starting July 21, then it plans to charge “its most avid readers through a subscription plan.” (NYT)
  3. BuzzFeed reporter “would suck” at clickbait: BuzzFeed “hired me because they want me to do what I’ve done before: big investigative projects,” Chris Hamby writes in an AMA. “BuzzFeed has a tremendous amount of content, including news articles, so I’m not expected to feed the beast.” (Reddit) | From April: “Chris Hamby joins Buzzfeed, Pulitzer in hand” (Capital)
  4. Daily Mail story untrue, “dangerous,” says George Clooney: The actor writes about a “negligent and more appropriately dangerous” Mail Online story about supposed religious differences in his wife’s family. “[W]hen they put my family and my friends in harm’s way, they cross far beyond just a laughable tabloid and into the arena of inciting violence.” (USA Today) | Mail Online has removed the story (Poynter)
  5. Glenn Beck moves closer to Orson Welles: The Blaze’s new NYC HQ “was once the home of the Mercury Theatre, the repertory founded by Beck’s hero, Orson Welles.” (Capital)
  6. NPR warns staffers about social media: “Also, despite what many say, retweets should be viewed AS endorsements.” (Jim Romenesko) | Previously: NPR’s new guidelines for using social networks: ‘Respect their cultures’ (Poynter) | How to create effective social-media guidelines (Poynter)
  7. How Alex Seitz-Wald may have predicted the future: The National Journal reporter floated the idea in November 2012 (when he was with Salon) that The Daily Caller’s Sen. Menendez “scoop” may have been planted by Cuban intelligence. (The Washington Post)
  8. Music site censors album cover artwork after Google warning: Drowned in Sound alters album covers by Lambchop and Sigur Rós after search giant notifies it about changes to AdWords program. (The Independent)
  9. What viewers does Al Jazeera America hope to attract? “Al Jazeera America is pursuing a class of viewers that’s headed for extinction,” Jack Shafer writes. (Reuters)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Peter Leonard is the Ukraine correspondent for the Associated Press. Leonard had been covering the country for the AP as a freelancer. (AP) | Jane Martinson will be The Guardian’s new head of media. Martinson had been the paper’s women’s editor. (The Guardian) | Michael Provus is now the publisher of Rolling Stone, replacing Chris McLoughlin. Provus had been an associate publisher at Rolling Stone. (Fishbowl NY) | Gabriel Stricker is the chief communications officer at Twitter. Stricker, the former vice president of communications for Twitter, replaces Ali Rowghani. Katie Stanton is now Twitter’s vice president of global media, replacing Chloe Sladden (Re/Code, Variety) | Alexis Madrigal will be deputy editor for He had been a senior editor at the magazine. Julie Beck will be the editor of the’s health channel. She had been a senior associate editor. Kathy Gilsinan will be an associate editor. She had been a senior editor at World Politics Review. (Fishbowl NY) | Brian Sweany will be the new editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly. Sweany had been an executive editor for Texas Monthly. (Politico) | The New York Times is hiring deputy digital editors. Get your résumés in! Send Ben your job moves:

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Google removes Guardian, BBC search results; Facebook drives 25% of Hearst’s traffic

— Google has notified The Guardian and BBC that certain articles will no longer appear in European searches, Mark Scott writes at The New York Times Bits blog. A European court ruling allows people “to ask for links to information about themselves to be removed from search results.”

— As news organizations fail to take advantage of the surge in mobile ad spending, Poynter’s Rick Edmonds says his hunch “is that getting video right and getting stronger mobile ad performance will go hand in hand for news sites.”

— Facebook drives 25 percent of traffic to Hearst magazines, up from 4 percent last year. Lucia Moses explains the publisher’s new focus on Facebook at Digiday.

— Vice Media will move to a larger Brooklyn headquarters, Laura Kusisto reports in The Wall Street Journal. The company’s $6.5 million in state tax credits will be tied to the creation of 525 new jobs in the next five years.

— Slate’s Will Oremus takes Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to task for a “non-apology apology” that’s “as incoherent as it is disingenuous.” Sandberg said the company’s emotion-manipulation study was “poorly communicated.”

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‘Right to be forgotten’ vanishes Guardian articles

The Guardian users no longer see key Guardian articles if they search for information about Dougie McDonald, a referee who retired after a report said he lied about why he reversed a penalty.

“No one has suggested the stories weren’t true, fair or accurate,” James Ball writes. “But still they are made hard for anyone to find.” The Guardian got “an automated notification that six Guardian articles have been scrubbed from search results,” Ball writes.

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled in May that Google must remove links to articles that are “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant.” Individuals may petition for the removal of results.

Anyone in the U.S. searching “Dougie McDonald Guardian” would see the Guardian articles, Ball writes. (While researching this post, I also found some interesting edits to his Wikipedia page: For example, a user named “Realreffacts” changed the page to read McDonald retired “as media pressure on him became unwarranted.”)

Ball didn’t ask McDonald whether he asked for his results to be changed. I left a message Wednesday at his office in Glasgow, Scotland, which told me he’d left for the day.

Google has given European users a workaround, Ball writes: “If you go to the Google homepage, and look in the bottom right-hand corner, you’ll see a link saying ‘Use’. Do that – or switch to another search engine, such as DuckDuckGo, which has no EU footprint and also doesn’t track cookies – and for now, you’ll see the full unfiltered results.” Read more


Sighs of relief from local TV news over Aereo decision? Plus Android’s ‘connected universe’

Here’s our roundup of the top digital and social media stories you should know about (and from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day):

— Google laid out its vision of a “connected universe” of Android devices — with the phone in the center and Android Wear watches and Android Auto-equipped cars connected to it — at its annual I/O conference. Re/code’s Liz Gannes has a report.

The Moto 360 by Motorola, an Android Wear smartwatch, on the demo floor at Google I/O in San Francisco on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Moto 360 by Motorola, an Android Wear smartwatch, on the demo floor at Google I/O in San Francisco on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

— The broadcasters’ win over Aereo in the Supreme Court yesterday means “local TV news likely dodged disaster,” Sarah Laskow explains at Columbia Journalism Review.

— Medium has hired tech writer Steven Levy as Twitter co-founder Evan Williams‘ new site “moves from platform to publisher,” David Carr reports in The New York Times. (Happily, there’s no sign of the term “platisher” in that story.)

— “Worldwide, men hold 77 percent of top jobs” at Facebook, Chris Welch writes at The Verge. “That’s only slightly better than Google, where 79 percent of leadership positions are filled by men.”

— American Press Institute’s Lisa Zimmermann has a Q&A with Tom Negrete, director of innovation and news operations for the Sacramento Bee, which has partnered with Stanford and other universities “on using data to create personalized approaches and systems to better serve readers and advertisers.”

— As Snapchat debuts a public “Our Story” feature, PandoDaily’s Michael Carney says “it’s starting to look like Snapchat saying no to an almost incomprehensible $3 billion acquisition offer may have actually been a great idea.”

— Twitter users send more than 500 million tweets per day. But accessing historical tweets for research purposes is no easy — or inexpensive — task, Kelly Fincham explains for Poynter.

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European court rules Google must remove links in privacy case

Court of Justice of the European Union | The New York Times | BBC | WAN-IFRA

Europeans have a right to have some data about themselves removed from search engines, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled Tuesday. If results display pages that are “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed and in the light of the time that has elapsed,” the search engine operator must remove them, the court ruled, even if the “publication in itself on those pages is lawful.”

The ruling comes in a case brought by Mario Costeja González, a Spaniard, who asked Google to remove “an announcement for a real-estate auction organised following attachment proceedings for the recovery of social security debts owed by Mr Costeja González” published by the newspaper La Vanguardia in the late ’90s.

Last year the court’s advocate general recommended Google should not be forced to remove the results. Europe proposed privacy regulations in 2012 that include a “right to be forgotten” unless the information is “necessary for historical, statistical and scientific research purposes” or reasons of public health or freedom of expression. The judgment “is strong tailwind” for those proposed regulations, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding wrote on Facebook. “Big data need big rights.”

A Google spokesperson told The New York Times’ James Kanter it “was ‘very surprised’ that the judgment ‘differs so dramatically’” from last year’s recommendation. “We now need to take time to analyse the implications,” a company spokesperson told the BBC.

The ruling allows that a “fair balance” must be sought in such cases that may depend on public interest, “an interest which may vary, in particular, according to the role played by the data subject in public life.”

Tuesday’s ruling is not the only example of European countries grappling with the pathways to digital information. Spanish newspaper publishers are backing legislation that would force aggregators to pay “even for the reproduction of headlines and snippets of text,” Paul McClean wrote Friday. Read more


Cal State Chico student to join Poynter as Google fellow

Benjamin Mullin, a student at California State University, Chico, and former editor of its campus paper, joins Poynter this summer as its 2014 Google Fellow.

Mullin and 10 other students will work at journalism organizations throughout the country focusing on data-driven journalism, online expression, rethinking journalism business models and using technology to tell stories in novel ways. Read more