MUNICH - An alleged attempted by German automaker BMW to artificially boost Google's popularity rating for its website, resulted in the search titan's removal of the site from its portal.
According to Google, the BMW site contained multiple references to popular search terms such as "new cars" and "used cars" embedded in its code that would artificially keep the site near the top end of search results lists but would not be visible to users in their web browsers.
BMW rejected the accusations: "Google's claim is not correct. We are not misleading our users in terms of content," said a company spokesman, hands aloft in pious indignation. He expressed confidence that the site (www.bmw.de) would shortly be reinstated.