Rupert Murdoch — owner of some of the finest and fairest news organisations in the world, true beacons of journalism — is thinking about retiring all his content from Google. Well, Señor Ruperto, apparently Google doesn’t give a goddamn about it:
News organizations are in complete control over whether and how much of their content appears in search results. Publishers put their content on the web because they want it to be found, so very few choose not to include their material in Google News and web search. But if they tell us not to include it, we don’t. If publishers want their content to be removed from Google News specifically all they need to do it tell us.
How can they say that? I really can’t begin to imagine the despair and sadness that will engulf me the day Fox News and The New York Post disappear from Google. Just. Can’t. [AFP]