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Right To Be Forgotten: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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John Oliver covers the new European law that would allow people to erase themselves from internet search engines. He also starts proposes the hashtag #MutuallyAssuredHumiliation to save us from our own pasts by posting phenomenally embarrassing photos of ourselves. Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/last-week-tonight-with-john-oliver It's HBO.
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Declan Hargrove (6 days ago)
It genuinely makes me sad that Shep Smith wants to be forgotten because I guarantee you he’s talking about being outed. As a liberal, millennial queer.....I feel for somebody stuck HARD in a conservative, picturesque Herero lifestyle who is secretly gay. I can’t imagine how desperately he just wants everybody to see him as the same person he’s always been....and like having a family and everything?? As a fucking Fox News anchor??? Fuck. I wish him well.....let it be known, he’s one of the only rational people on the entire network. I’m sure he’s there for strategic reasons on the part of the network but still........I feel for the dude. And I salute him. I’m gonna go drink more gin now ✌🏻 thanks for coming to my ted talk
mel el (7 days ago)
fuuck id totally trade morrissey with you
Ok in America once you do your tine you should be able to move on. So I like this ruling.
Drake Koefoed (15 days ago)
you make news, it stays in the newspaper morgue. You can look up a politician's history. The minor indiscretions might show you something about him you have a right to know
Aiedail (21 days ago)
Funny see this video published at 19 may of 2014 , when actual law came to be now at 25th may of 2018
Vira Motorko (6 days ago)
Aiedail You know that it's a different law, don't you?
LodanSD (30 days ago)
Even in the age of the Internet, History can still be written by the victors. If you put enough counter information out there, you can effectively scrub the truth away.
Michael Summers (1 month ago)
"Squeerull" never gets old
SpongeKnob SquareNuts (1 month ago)
yes but also no
K.A. GORDON (1 month ago)
Im 54 and that card catalog example made perfect sense. I had a sheriff say shit about me and never met me....I think I would like to use this. PS..this sherrif has sexy pics with other men is all over the internet...yes he is gay but still inappropriate and no longer a sheriff in az.
Random Crap (1 month ago)
Brian Sullivan’s fifth image on google;)
J Cope (1 month ago)
Years later and the top three image results for Brian Sullivan Bicycle are still the Last Week Tonight image.
Gery de Brute (1 month ago)
give it to me
Killerofsoapbubbles (1 month ago)
Wait, am I the only one who thinks he looked fucking cute in the second picture?
Izaya Orihara (1 month ago)
Honestly I think that picture of you looks cute though (not sexy obviously but not ugly either.... like at all.... which is in and of itself kinda weird considering what it typically should have been viewed as *look of confused self reflection*
Randy Lent (1 month ago)
I've realized that the intro is played at the end of the video.
Harrison Shone (1 month ago)
He looks like Mr. Crocker.
Raffaele Calvia (1 month ago)
I love the fact that the naked on a bike running over a squirrel Brian Sullivan picture is still 4th result on google xD
ArtisannasitrA (2 months ago)
YELP, here we come... "A businessman has won his legal action to remove search results about a criminal conviction in a landmark “right to be forgotten” case that could have wide-ranging repercussions. The ruling was made by Mr Justice Warby in London on Friday. The judge rejected a similar claim brought by a second businessman who was jailed for a more serious offence." "In 2014 the European court of justice (ECJ) ruled that “irrelevant” and outdated data should be erased on request." https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/13/google-loses-right-to-be-forgotten-case
Ross McLeod (2 months ago)
Watching old John Oliver footage is painful now as he's been spiritually crushed over the years.
bladske (2 months ago)
For those of you wondering. Here's his aweful photo https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DK6Zb1zW0AEYKIr.jpg
Clara Estrada (2 months ago)
John, id still tap that #mutualyassuredhumiliation. love you deeply, man. my regards to the wife
TheMBE2003 (2 months ago)
A John Oliver video with less than 1k likes? Where am I? Heaven?
nromk (2 months ago)
question here: does a child pornographer not have human rights? I mean it's not like his convictions are gone, you just can't find them online which might help if he's trying to get help, a live, and be free--also the man with debt didn't put his debt online, it was a newspaper and he was trying to buy a house.
Bradd Brandes (2 months ago)
I want that song. I need that song. I have the right to listen to that song.
Samantha Wallace (2 months ago)
John Oliver is adorable
Irma Silva (2 months ago)
Unless everybody turns into fucking Dory from Finding Nemo, people forgetting you isn't going to make robbing the bank any easier.
SpookyRoseV (1 month ago)
In my case while most of whatever pops up is just embarrassing things I did when I was 12 (violating basic online safety you learn in schools) some internet trolls found my autism diagnosis and sent really hateful messages to my mom. And by the way; why the hell can you just find a random stranger’s medical diagnosis through Google in the first place?!
SpookyRoseV (1 month ago)
Update: last time I googled myself all of that was taken while and the only thing on Google connecting to me are indirect Facebook links. And all without using this
Nathan Rachamier (2 months ago)
are there tv screens to show those pictures to the audience?
Konig Corvus (2 months ago)
Self deprecation is a forgotten art. Except with John Oliver, a master.
Shrey Shah (2 months ago)
His point about ineffectiveness of "right to be forgotten" is wrong. The one guy who started it all may have become famous, but other such requests will be executed silently, as comedians/newscasters will lose interest in it.
Michael Panggabean (2 months ago)
Shrey Shah why would you think that way? If the case brought up, any newscaster can pick up the news and bring it up. Why would journalist stop doing that?
PixelTheDragon (2 months ago)
Dammmn, John Oliver was HOT when he was younger!
B Clausen (2 months ago)
Brian Sullivan picture is #6 on Google image!
Romantic Outlaw (2 months ago)
ahh, the streisand effect
deweygumdrops (3 months ago)
i've completed this "Clips" playlist after 4 days of INTENSE watching... amazing! and all without a single ad! thank youuuuu
Heavy Object (3 months ago)
Google takes it down someone uploads it again
Thomas Labat (3 months ago)
So, it's funny and all, but I don't get it : Is John Oliver against protection of your privacy ? I thought he was as progressive as you can get. I'm very confused.
Aidan sucks at games (3 months ago)
EU that isn't how the internet works, everything spreads faster if you try to hide it
Joost (3 months ago)
You can't just undo everything. There are rules to what can be removed. You can't just make google erase your crimes since there are strict rules to it. I myself used it once because for some reason a site (that already was down at that time) had my name and adress linked with my twitter profile. While the site was down, you could still that data in the search results so i got it removed. You should get it right before you ridicule it.
Brandon Davidson (3 months ago)
Well, it's the 5th search result in Google Images: https://www.google.com/search?q=brian+sullivan&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS740US740&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiymK2L_snZAhUCS60KHecaAUkQ_AUICigB&biw=1536&bih=734
Peter Slavchev (3 months ago)
A funny video, as always. You're missing the essence of the right to be forgotten, though. For future videos, you may check out the Judgment of the court (http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=&docid=152065&pageIndex=0&doclang=en&mode=lst&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=307761) or Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32016R0679). The right to be forgotten is the subject of many discussions in Europe now. Enough papers on the topic have been published, as well.
Kari Trashe (3 months ago)
People tend to forget.If the article is not on the search is gone from the collective awareness.Our oral tradition continuum is interrupted every six second by flashy superficial stories.
Brain rich (4 months ago)
If you already make fun of yourself, no one can make fun of you. Props John.
Snowcone Guy (4 months ago)
seeing his black hair on this video from 2014 makes you realize how quickly someone can grey
John Chessant (4 months ago)
Okay John Oliver, I have uploaded my embarrassing video. You can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Kjetil Angus Håland (4 months ago)
I'm a librarian. We don't use card catalogs.
Patrick Kilduff (4 months ago)
That naked squirrel pic is now in the top of the google images when you google Brian Sullivan....good job Jon!
Tom Sistermans (4 months ago)
It's funny how his opinion switches at the online harassment bit, because this right very much applies for people who have been victimised by revenge porn
Revanaught (4 months ago)
Well, it's not the top google image search, but the number 7 google image of Brian Sullivan is that picture. Almost 4 years later.
priya devendra (4 months ago)
great idea
Matt Johnston (4 months ago)
4 years later and people are STILL using that hashtag...
ccggenius12 (4 months ago)
So... that hashtag was inundated with dick pics, wasn't it?
Aditya Chakraborty (4 months ago)
who's watching this in 2018, thinking "i should have seen this when it aired"?
Asbestos Fish (5 months ago)
#MutuallyAssuredHumiliation I ONCE *[Redacted]*
eidodk (5 months ago)
Mayhaps you should actually READ the EU law. You'd know alot more about what it really encompasses... The right to be forgotten is not limited to search engines.
Pasindu Muthukuda (5 months ago)
Search up Bryan Sullivan on Google and you'll see that 2:27 lol
kyle magaro (5 months ago)
That picture is still 6th if you Google Brian Sullivan images
n0ame1u1 (5 months ago)
2:29 It's actually 7ᵗʰ.
Nonya Business (5 months ago)
That Morrissey impression was uncanny
James Reid (5 months ago)
02/01/2018 - Brian Sulliven Naked, Drunk and Running over a Squirrel - Number 7 on google images.. Oh internet
tori2dles (5 months ago)
This is why I love John Oliver so much.
Chio Chan Genocide (5 months ago)
"YOU'D BETTER FUCKING HAVE DONE THAT AS WELL!!"
anita sin (5 months ago)
The only thing I know abut him is the only thing he wanted me to forgive...lolz
Querty Uiop (5 months ago)
I searched Brian sullivan and it's not the top hit but it's pretty close
owenhunt (6 months ago)
John.. Oliver.. Gates!!
Tiana Grabez (6 months ago)
You sir are a legend. You have captivated a 13 year old in Australia. A-bravo
Ninja Channel (6 months ago)
Well played, Apple.
Austin Anderson (6 months ago)
no one has a right to anyone else's mind, so the 'right to be forgotten' is at best a misnomer, but I would say the internet is a collective projection of everyone's mind, so it's a bogus ruling anyway.
Brandon Stringfield (6 months ago)
i just like to rob banks its really really fun
Sidhant Sinha (6 months ago)
7-1 NEVER FORGET
MrJetairliner100 (6 months ago)
I know this piece is old but people seem to miss the fundamental flaw of this new rule. This would only remove the photo/information on google’s search services; and only google. It doesn’t effect other search engines like Bing, Yahoo, or DuckDuckGo. It also doesn’t effect simply copying and pasting the link to said information and putting it up all over the rest of the internet. That’s why it’s impossible to scrub something off the internet. When you do take every copy of that photo someone will upload it again. It’s called the Streisand Effect.
Next Level Entertainment (6 months ago)
I love this guy
Toria Spencer (6 months ago)
December 2017 and that photo of Brian Sullivan is still one of the top image results!
Incorrect6472 (6 months ago)
They're not EU's citizens
Larry O'Bama (6 months ago)
"The only thing I know about him is the only thing he didn't want me to know". Which in another two days will be forgotten by nearly everybody when something more exciting happens, and he will win after all.
Harry Mullin (6 months ago)
The apple logo on his Mac did not light up, so the computer was not even on.
bcmasur (6 months ago)
shit I thought this was going to be about relatives of the deceased... this was in my youtube recommended videos directly above a youtuber that recently passed! (but no, they're not trying to take down videos...)
TVC15 (6 months ago)
Right, the lesson learned is that Fox News Knobheads are only good for reading teleprompters and hiding their helmet-like hairdos. Otherwise, please do not provide gibberish metaphors or attempt to speak in plain English. Have mercy.
lordeisschrank (6 months ago)
and now more than 3 years later, your argument is still flawed. About how many other cases like the one involving Mario Costeja have you read since then? probably close to zero. He was just unlucky to be the first when this stuff was still news worthy. Even sadder, many of the stories you presented over the years, or rather the people in them would've greatly benefited from a ruling like this.
Jon Kade Valentine (7 months ago)
Oh my god you look like my science prof
Diana Strange (7 months ago)
Btw, that picture does still come up as a top result.
SirNovaway (7 months ago)
Lol his embarrassing photo looks like a happy version of Mr. Crocker from Fairly Odd Parents
Crazed Chloe (7 months ago)
I forgot about this.... till I watched it again.
Guardian219 (7 months ago)
Is it weird that I think his high school pic looks like a nerdier Harold Ramis?
The Proclaimed (7 months ago)
Fox news: "sober reflexion" network
Māra Zukure (8 months ago)
Actually, that is not right. This is customer data prevention. It is not google forgetting, it is - I don't have spam from Facebook, apple doesn't have my data for social engineering adds and I finally am able to receive data from Tinder and delete even after I have deleted my account. Please read it and elaborate on your knowledge. Oh well, since you decided to BREXIT, I guess you don't like EU anymore.
omer bitton (8 months ago)
jhon oliver is the best talk show host ever
Igor Hiperactivo (8 months ago)
My Hi5.... I was a pre-teen Goth kid... Shit...
The Memeinator (8 months ago)
Haha ahh this will never work
5,551,120 views -> whoops
ly tuy (9 months ago)
But I don't have a photo of myself that is embarrassing in any way.
Hezekiah Ramirez (9 months ago)
You need to be careful what you assume about people based on what's online. Here's a personal example. I used Facebook as a convenient way to gather news and such. Well, when I used it YouTube didn't have much in the field of showing horrible Fox clips and things like that. So I followed right wing and MRA things so I knew what crazy BS they spewed today. Well, I used a fake name and I got locked out. I can't get in. If you know that fake name and that I use it you might think I'm a Glenn Beck-loving MRA conspiracy theorist if you saw that. I can't delete it now. So just be cautious about how you interpret things because it might be a similar situation.
Bruce Duff (9 months ago)
by now not following what happening #uniquely Boring
Widdekuu91 (9 months ago)
Hah...the story of the Spanish dude reminded me of Umbridge and the Quibbler. 'Don't you get it Harry? She'll make sure éveryone will want to read it.'
Blue Skies (9 months ago)
There is a big need for the ability to be forgotten on the internet. In the US alone the tens of thousands of men falsely accused of rape comes to mind. Then there's the crazy ex's, both men and women, who place damaging information on the internet to harm their ex's. Then there's children who, being naïve as many children are, place indecent pictures on the internet. Then there's the people who hit the wrong button on their iPhone and upload a discussion of their plans to kill their husband, as well the name of the guy they're hiring to do the job. Then there's the sociopathic behavior of people who laugh hysterically at a man getting his penis cut off on national tv. They might wish, at such a time as they receive treatment for their mental disorder, want to forget they were ever that sadistic and evil. For me what comes to mind is the time when I did calculations using 3,600 joules for a kWh rather than 3,600,000. That that might resurface to scar me for life is a fear I will never live down. I even have to take anti-anxiety medications. That I didn't even notice I'd made the error . . . . *sob*
A Grammar Nazi. (9 months ago)
I love that picture of oliver.
this is dumb. If you committed a crime, any evidence could be erased.
RedOrb (9 months ago)
I don't need to upload a horrible picture of myself to the internet. I make YouTube videos, so there's some pretty embarrassing shit up here already.
smashbrosproductions (9 months ago)
I don't know what your saying, John...you actually don't look that bad in your teens, some might even say your attractive (if I was into that stuff, anyways...).
Gurgle (9 months ago)
It doesn't matter hes putting that photo online because this whole thing is on YouTube.
Rorie Donnatua (10 months ago)
Because I'm French, I have to precise that this new law as some limitation and is very difficult to apply. Google won't put down any information on you that pass in news or picture that being use for commercial porpuse. So the pedophile or the politician can't be forgotten. But this law is for the drunk college kid who try to find a job after college...

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