Google shuts down, restores SA website

2012-03-15 08:25

Johannesburg - A South African businessman had his website shut down by Google earlier this week after the search engine claimed it did not comply with regulations, according to a report on Thursday.

Jean Paul Reid, the owner of a company that sold naked and semi-naked household services, discovered the site had been shut down on Monday, The Times newspaper reported.

However, his site was restored after Google realised there had been an error.

"With so many pages being created, we sometimes make the wrong call," said head of communications for Google Sub-Saharan Africa, Julie Taylor.

"When a mistake is brought to our attention, we act quickly to reinstate the site," she said.

  • michael.liebenberg - 2012-03-15 08:35

    Who the f$$k is Google to shut down a site?? They don't own the internet. Sue the b#stards!!!!

      Barry - 2012-03-15 09:05

      His website was probably hosted on their servers. Although if it wasn't, that's really dodgy of Google.

      S - 2012-03-15 10:04

      Google only offers free hosting. If they feel someone has violated the T&C's, they are within their rights to shut the site down.

      S - 2012-03-15 10:06

      @Barry - There's no way Google can shut down a site if not hosted by themselves. What they can do, is remove all Google search references to it.

      Johan - 2012-03-15 10:09

      Google could not have shut down their web site. They don't have the ability to do that. Nor does anyone else. Just like the US goverment cannot shut down Wikileaks. All Google can do is to remove their site from the Google search index. Or not accept paid Google ads. But nothing more. This is probably just bad reporting again.

      Natural - 2012-03-15 15:25

      It was my website that was shutdown without warning it just disappeared it was only restored when I told google the media wanted to know why, they still have not given me a reply , I am reading their press reply from news24. I also asked them when Internet Explorer & Mozilla users can view the site properly cause currently you can only view the site properly using google chrome? I smell a rat ?

  • Anton - 2012-03-15 08:40

    what is a 'naked household service' ? a pomp?

      Pythagoras - 2012-03-15 13:39

      Have you not heard of the guy thats offering house cleaners that clean your house naked? This was probably his site.

  • grantdutoit - 2012-03-15 08:52

    Seems to be a typical thing of not reviewing something and then shut it down but just shut it down. Who cares about the person who owns it and will incur losses? I agree, sue. If Google handled it in a professional manner, reviewed and found the site in fault, then shut it down. A silly apology is now meant to cut it?

      Sam - 2012-03-15 10:07

      They made a mistake, ferheavensakes. They apologised. They fixed it. What the hell more do you want?

  • E=MC2 - 2012-03-15 08:52

    "naked and semi-naked household services"?? someone please enlighten me :-)

  • billy.griffiths - 2012-03-15 09:39

    Not sure what they going to sue for? Loss of income? The media coverage they're getting out of this will more than make up for any losses anyway.

  • MichelleRamsaySA - 2012-03-15 09:42

    It's good to see that Google took full responsibility for the mistake and restored the error. It shows that they are doing their job and tracking their work. It's embarrassing that they made a mistake, but don't we all! I hope they didn't cost the business owner business, otherwise he m ust sue their asses for any losses. I'm sure Google can afford it... :)

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