Feeds

Google grants webmasters the power of China

Deindexing for the masses

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Google will let webmasters remove sites it has indexed from search results more easily by using a long-demanded new tool.

It's already very easy to avoid being indexed in the first place by Google, by editing the standard robots.txt file or by using meta tagging, but until now it was tricky for Joe Webmaster to have a listing pulled once it had entered the Google database.

The deindexing move follows Google's defeat in court by Belgian newspaper owners, who were unhappy about it selling ads based on indexing their content. Google fought the case to the bitter end, and still plans to appeal.

A new form submission system, announced on Tuesday, makes it simpler for webmasters to contact the Googleplex to request deindexing of single pages, directories, whole sites, and cached content. Legally concerned webmasters will be able to alert Google if any of their smut turns up with SafeSearch enabled.

Google says its new removal request service also makes it easier to ask it to remove websites you don't own, but adds in that case, "we generally can't remove results from our index unless the webmaster has blocked or modified the content or removed the page"...unless you're the Chinese Government. Google.cn routinely deindexes websites for being critical of the regime in Beijing, and has been condemned by Amnesty International for doing so.

Full instructions here at the official Google webmasters' blog. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.