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Model Fights Google Over Porn Site Images

Maria Belen Rodriguez is seeking damages from Google and Yahoo

An Argentine model recently took a lawsuit against Google and Yahoo all the way to the country’s high court to contest search results that link old images of her to pornographic sites.

“They have ruined my life,” Maria Belen Rodriguez told reporters last week, according to CNN. “Having to explain every day that I am not a prostitute is a daily complication.”

She first filed the lawsuit against Google and Yahoo in 2006 and won a combined sum of $15,000 in 2010, CNN reports. A another judge reduced that sum to $6,200 and the case is now being decided by the country’s high court.

Rodriguez wants her name unlinked to pornographic sites and further damages. Google told CNN in a statement that “search engines are neutral platforms that do not create nor control content on the web.”

The Supreme Court heard arguments last week and is expected to make a decision in the next several weeks.


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