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Google removes ‘are Jews evil’ search suggestion

(JTA) – Google has removed some of its search suggestions, including the phrase “are Jews evil,” which had been automatically generated by its search algorithm. As of Monday, Dec. 5, the phrase was no longer suggested to a user who typed in only the words “are Jews,” The Guardian reported. “We took action within hours of being notified on last Friday of the autocomplete results,” a Google spokesperson told The Guardian on Monday. “Users search for such a wide range of material on the web – 15% of searches we see every day are new. Because of this, terms that appear in autocomplete may be unexpected or unpleasant. We do our best to prevent offensive terms, like porn and hate speech, from appearing, but we acknowledge that autocomplete isn’t an exact science and we’re always working to improve our algorithms,” the spokesperson said. Google took similar action last year when it removed antisemitic responses to the search phrase “Who runs Hollywood?”

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