Anti-Semitic Google

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In a strange twist,  Google is being sued by a French rights organization for alleged anti-Jewish discrimination over a technology developed in the Jewish state.

SOS Racisme claims that Google’s “auto-complete” technology is discriminatory because it automatically associates certain famous people with the word “Jewish” — even though they might not be. The group, along with other French organizations, is suing Google for “overseeing the creation of what is probably the biggest Jewish file in history.”

By simply associating, for instance, Rupert Murdoch with the word “Jewish” (Murdoch is not Jewish) the group says Google is violating a French law that prohibits compiling files on people based on their ethnicity.

“Numerous users of the first search engine of  France and the world are confronted daily with the association, unsolicited and almost systematically, [of] the word ‘Jew’ with the names of those most prominent in the world of politics, media or business,” SOS Racisme and other organizations state in their lawsuit, according to a translation of an article about the case published by the French-language La Côte newspaper.

Ironically, the auto-complete technology at the heart of the suit was developed by Google’s research and development center in Israel. In a November 2010 interview with Fast Company magazine, managing director Yossi Matias says

One of our most significant and growing areas is search. In particular, one of the technologies we developed was Google Autocomplete, also known as Suggest.

Google says the results generated by auto-complete are a reflection of user queries. Those queries, the company says “may include silly or strange or surprising terms and phrases.”

(via World Jewish Daily)
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