Google Shuts Down SA Website over Content
A South African businessman had his website shut down by Google earlier this week after the search engine claimed it did not comply with regulations, according to a report on Thursday.
Jean Paul Reid, who started a company last month that sold naked and semi-naked household services, discovered the site had been shut down on Monday, The Times newspaper reported.
However, his site was restored after Google realised there had been an error.
"With so many pages being created, we sometimes make the wrong call," said head of communications for Google Sub-Saharan Africa, Julie Taylor.
"When a mistake is brought to our attention, we act quickly to reinstate the site," she said.
The result should make Reid pleased, as he had to sell off virtually all of his belongings, including his clothes, to make ends meet. He came up with idea of offering services performed by naked or semi-naked household cleaners, cooks, handymen, computer nerds and accountants.
"It is not sexual; it is purely for entertainment purposes and obviously for the service," Reid told the daily newspaper.
"There is a third year law student who offers light legal advice and an accountant who could help you with your taxes."
He said most of the company's clients were men who preferred the cleaning services.
Two hours would cost R700, of which Reid took R150 and the worker R550.
He said he had 25 men and women on his payroll, some of whom work part-time and others who were also previously unemployed.
There were strict rules for staff and employees and it is at the discretion of the client whether the jobs were performed semi-naked or naked, said Reid.