A Hong Kong court ruled that Albert Yeung Sau-shing, the founder and chairman of Hong Kong-based conglomerate Emperor Group, could sue Google Inc (NASDAQ GOOG) for defamation. Hong Kong High Court rules Google can be sued for defamation over autocomplete suggestions.

The suit was filed because searches for the Chinese billionaire’s name on Google suggest adding the word ‘triad’, suggesting a connection to Hong Kong’s notorious organized crime groups. When searching in either English and Chinese for Albert Yeung Sau-shing on Google, the system automatically suggests phrases related to organized crime as a part of the ‘autocomplete’ function.

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