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Google's Autocomplete Gone Awry

Germany's former first lady doesn't like her Google results, which include words like "prostitute"
Former German First Lady Bettina Wulff
Former German First Lady Bettina Wulff Photograph by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Google the name of Germany’s former first lady, Bettina Wulff, and the first autocomplete terms that pop up are “escort,” “prostituierte,” and “rotlicht.” The last two terms, as you may have guessed, are German for “prostitute” and “red light.”

Understandably upset by these results, Wulff is suing the search giant, saying its autocomplete function perpetuates rumors that she once worked as a lady of the night.