Dutch site sues Google over alleged porn ad links

A dating Web site for Dutch farmers--Farm Date--has sued Google for displaying what it says are sponsored links to pornographic sites when you type "Farm Date" into the Google search engine, according to the Agence France-Presse.

The sponsored links are "very damaging for Farm Date's reputation," the article says, quoting Dutch farmer union FNV Bondgenoten, which is defending the Web site.

Farm Date, which looks like your typical dating site, only in Dutch, bills itself as a "respectable meeting website for farmers."

A Google spokesman asked on Wednesday to comment on the case, supplied this statement: "Google attended a court hearing in relation to this matter on Aug. 9 and we expect the ruling soon. We believe the claims are without merit, and look forward to the court's ruling."

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