State attorney general calls 'time out' on Google feud

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is "calling a time out" in his feud with Google regarding the company’s take-down policy for ads and search results regarding illegal drugs or pirated content. 

Hood's statement Friday followed the search giant’s decision to sue him, asserting the attorney general's efforts to limit Google's search results "violates federal law." 

Google urged the courts to block the company from having to comply with a subpoena asking for information about its take-down policies and prevent the state from bringing criminal charges regarding the issue. 


Hood said he hoped "cooler heads" would prevail, adding that he would reach out the company to "negotiate a peaceful resolution" to the issues. However, Hood chastised the Google, saying, "we expect more from one of the wealthiest corporations in the world."

"Now, feeling emboldened with its billions of dollars, media prowess and political power, some of its more excitable people have sued trying to stop the state of Mississippi for daring to ask some questions," Hood said in his page-long statement, provided to The New York Times

Google filed the suit following the large hack of Sony Pictures, which revealed documents suggesting coordination between the attorney general and the Motion Picture Association of America in developing the subpoena against Google.

"For the last eighteen months, the Mississippi attorney general has threatened to prosecute, sue or investigate Google unless it agrees to block from its search engine, YouTube video-sharing site and advertising systems, third party content the attorney general deems objectionable," according to Google's filing Friday. 

It added: "If a state attorney general can punish, irrespective of well-established federal law, any search engine or video-sharing platform whenever he finds third-party content he deems objectionable, search engines and video-sharing platforms cannot operate in their current form."