LONDON â€” Google Inc. has blacklisted the German Web site of BMW after the Munich-based auto maker allegedly tried to boost the likelihood it would be found in certain Internet searches, according to a "blog" posted by Google employee Matt Cutts.
The â€œRicoh.deâ€ Web site was also due to be removed from what Cutts called "our index" for a similar reason, he said. Tokyo-based Ricoh Co. Ltd. supplies office equipment such as printers and photocopiers.
In the blog, Cutts alleged that BMW had violated a rule that is part of Google's webmaster quality guidelines, namely, "Don't deceive your users or present different content to search engines than you display to users.â€ Cutts added that although BMW had apparently removed some of the offending pages, he expected Google would require BMW submit a "reinclusion request,â€ and that BMW would have to identify the person, or persons, responsible for creating the offending pages. (EE TIMES)