A small city in Israel sues Google for false information
Officials in Kiryat Yam, a small city in
northern Israel, have filed a complaint with police against the
Internet search engine Google. The city argues that one of Google’s
programs, Google Earth, gives viewers false information that offends
the city’s image.
Those who see Kiryat Yam on Google Earth are
told that the city was built on the ruins of an Arab town from which
innocent civilians were expelled. In fact, officials said, the city
was built by Holocaust survivors on land that was completely barren and
had not been settled in the past. The false information was placed as
part of a deliberate attempt to hurt the city’s interests, they said.
It is important to note that Google is not the
one who posted the comment on Google Earth. One of the most popular
features in the program is that users can contribute their comments on
specific places on the map.
The information on Google earth was posted by a user by the name of "Thameen_Darby",
a Palestinian living in Jenin, who took on himself to post comments on
hundreds of Arab villages that were vanished in 1948 when Israel was
declared a state.