Professor Volokh Featured in Multiple Media Outlets on Google Search Results and First Amendment

November 19, 2014 – Professor Eugene Volokh was quoted in multiple outlets about a San Francisco Superior Court judge ruling in favor of Google's right to order its search results as it sees fit.

He was interviewed for Ars Technica

"Newspapers, guidebooks—and, for that matter, Ars Technica—have a First Amendment right to choose which stories are worth publishing, and which businesses are worth covering,” Volokh wrote to Ars in an e-mail. “Likewise, Google (a modern heir of the guidebook) can choose which pages to prominently display (and thus implicitly recommend as relevant and interesting) to readers and which pages aren’t worth displaying so prominently—or aren’t worth displaying at all."

Read the Ars Technica article.

Professor Volokh was also featured in Slate:

One major reason the courts came around to this far-from-obvious conclusion is that Google got much better at making its own constitutional case. That’s because the search engine commissioned Eugene Volokh, law professor–cum–legal celebrity, to co-author a lucid white paper explaining the precise reasoning behind the First Amendment claim. Volokh argues that the company’s search results reflect “individual editorial choices” about both opinions and facts—two categories of speech that enjoy full First Amendment protection. By “select[ing] what information it presents and how it presents it,” Google is exercising classic free speech, not unlike a newspaper editor might.

Read the Slate article.