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Google Defamation Ian Watkins

Steps star Ian H Watkins 'furious' after Google fails to stop associating his picture with Lostprophets singer child abuse scandal

By Angela Haggerty | Reporter

December 22, 2013 | 2 min read

Ian H Watkins, star of pop group Steps, has demanded Google takes stronger action to prevent his photograph being linked to coverage of recently convicted paedophile Ian Watkins, formerly of rock group the Lostprophets.The move from his legal team follows a court apology earlier this week after website E! Online used the star’s picture on a story about the Ian Watkins sex abuse case.However, the apology apparently let Google’s algorithms find an even stronger connection between Ian H Watkins and the child abuse story and his picture again appeared in connection with it.Ian Watkins was sentenced to 35 years in jail this week after pleading guilty to a string of offences against children.Steps star Watkins said he was “astonished” that his photo was still being offered up in Google search results about the case.A Google spokesman was quoted by the BBC as saying: “For some specific searches Ian H Watkins’ picture is appearing in our results because he is relevant to the story, having received a court apology.“We are looking into the issue he raises.”

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