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Google Tells US Supreme Court That The Internet Would Be A Mess Without Recommendation Algorithms

Google has recently urged the US Supreme Court to understand how important recommendation algorithms are for the internet and how it would collapse into a disorganized mess without them.

In the same manner, the search engine giant mentioned that these sorts of algorithms are what it takes to enable browsing giants to decipher what it is that people wish to see against all others. And while it’s a really comprehensive task, algorithms of this kind make it simpler.

For this reason, the company wants the Supreme Court to file a ruling related to the Communications Decency Act, it’s Section 230, to be more specific. This is what the firm calls the building block of the internet. It not only protects various platforms from things like liability but also goes about providing protection against terrorism that comes due to the likes of users.

So many people do attain recommendations from this and it’s great to see users getting what they want at the end of it all. These were all a part of a series of statements sent out by Google where it filed the news across a series of statements.

Google added a little humor to better display its sentiments including how not having recommendations would serve it to be impossible to sift through giant mountains of content created by users. It would also not be able to display material that’s relevant to them too.

So if the plaintiffs do end up evading this particular Section 230, we could soon be saying hello to a massive mess and litigation minefield.

The news comes after the company received a lawsuit thanks to one family whose member was killed aged 23 in 2015 after a terrorist attack struck the likes of Paris. Moreover, the family sued the search engine giant for allowing the terrorist group ISIS to put up videos on YouTube and assisting them in marketing propaganda by recommending this type of alarming content to others.

While this case may have been dismissed at the time, the 9th Circuit mentioned a further evaluation of the matter by the Supreme Court. They vowed to take a closer look at the matter and are now investigating it with the final verdict due next month.

In December of 2022, the family further went on to allege how the Supreme Court wished to rule how this Section 230 doesn’t protect web firms in terms of recommending content. They also urged how the recommendations brought on YouTube in this case through the likes of the firm itself and not the involved ISIS members that put the content up.

Lawyers of the family strongly agreed that YouTube gives recommendations to its users based on what the company feels users would be interested in and not actually what specific requests are sent out from the user itself. But Google has refuted such statements and claims.


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