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Sir Brian Souter ends war with Google after website 'reinstated'


By The Drum Team, Editorial

September 15, 2011 | 2 min read

Sir Brian Souter has announced that he has suspended his campaign against Google, after his website was ‘reinstated’, having accused the search engine giant of blocking it.

Souter has earlier this week claimed that his personal site had been removed from Google’s search when finding his name, and accused Google of censoring what users would be allowed to see online.

He has now ended his war after his website was found to be back near to the top of page 1 of Google’s searches.

“As long as my website continues to be available for people to see on Google, I am content to suspend the campaign,” commented Souter.

“This was a freedom of speech issue and it has shown that I am not alone in suffering at the hands of Google.

“I will be passing a dossier of complaints from other aggrieved website owners to Westminster’s Culture Media and Sport Committee.”

He continued: “Justice has been done and I am satisfied with the outcome.”

Gordon Beattie, Sir Brian’s PR and media advisor, added: “It has been suggested by Google that the site was reinstated after we followed their suggestion of redirecting the non www version of the domain to Sir Brian’s website. We don’t accept that.

“We implemented their suggestion more than two weeks ago and the site continued to be blocked until Sir Brian went public.”

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