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Google 'censors its website so anti-Islam searches fail to appear'
Daily Mail UK ^ | 12:34 AM on 11th January 2010 | Neil Millard

Posted on 01/11/2010 8:45:15 AM PST by FreeManWhoCan

Search engine Google has been accused of censoring its results after users discovered it never suggests search terms when it comes to Islam.

In a time-saving feature the internet phenomenon, whose motto is 'don't be evil', helpfully suggests common searches as people type in what they are looking for.

For example, if you type in 'Christianity is' in the search bar a whole range of options flash up including controversial suggestions such as 'Christianity is fake' and 'Christianity is a cult'. Google

Google has been accused of censoring offensive searches relating to Islam

But anyone typing in a similar phrase which replaces Christianity with Islam gets no suggestions at all.

The anomaly has led some to conclude the firm, famed for its democratic approach to the world of information it controls, is censoring the search results.

Google's normal search suggestions originate from searches made around the world, adverts and known web pages.

The company also says on its website: 'We try to filter out suggestions that include pornographic terms, dirty words, and hate and violence terms. If you encounter a term that should not be suggested, please let us know by posting in the Google Web Search Help Forum.'

A Google spokesman claimed the strange absence of results was a software problem.

He said: "This is in fact a bug and we're working to fix it as quickly as we can............

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: antichristian; boycottgoogle; doublestandard; islam; liberalbigots; obama; warronterror
Why am I not suprised?
1 posted on 01/11/2010 8:45:16 AM PST by FreeManWhoCan
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To: FreeManWhoCan

Actually, this may be due to an attempt to Google Bomb the term “Islam is..”
If you do the same thing with “Koran is”, “Quaran is”, “Allah is” or “Mohammed is” you get similar results to what they describe for the other religions.

Google’s machines will block Google Bombing attempts so there may have been a move recently to Google Bomb the term “Islam is” that resulted in this.


3 posted on 01/11/2010 8:48:12 AM PST by mnehring
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To: jessduntno

Type Mohammad is


4 posted on 01/11/2010 8:48:56 AM PST by mnehring
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To: FreeManWhoCan
I must be doing it wrong...

Islam is (images)

Islam is (web)
5 posted on 01/11/2010 8:52:16 AM PST by Dallas59 (No To O -Time is going by really really really really slow.)
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To: mnehring

Actually, this may be due to an attempt to Google Bomb the term “Islam is..”
If you do the same thing with “Koran is”, “Quaran is”, “Allah is” or “Mohammed is” you get similar results to what they describe for the other religions.

http://thenextweb.com/2010/01/05/google-blocking-negative-search-recommendations-islam/


6 posted on 01/11/2010 8:52:58 AM PST by jessduntno (We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation..." - B. Hussein Obama)
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To: jessduntno

I just noticed the same thing.


7 posted on 01/11/2010 8:53:32 AM PST by Grunthor (Pete Carrol? He couldn't be worse than Mora.....could he?)
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To: All

I was surprised to read this. To test it, I went straight to my Google search bar and typed in “radical Islam” (without the quotes) and got about ten suggestions for searches.

I didn’t have the opportunity to test further, as I must leave the house soon. However, either Google fixed the “bug” or there was no bug in the first place.


9 posted on 01/11/2010 8:55:06 AM PST by Scarlett156 (Google, radicalIslam, Islam, search)
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To: FreeManWhoCan

not a surprise at all


10 posted on 01/11/2010 8:56:38 AM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: FreeManWhoCan
Faulty headline. Faulty premise.
Only government can censor. Google is a private company therefore cannot “censor”. They can only make editorial or business decisions.
11 posted on 01/11/2010 8:57:24 AM PST by Tupelo
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To: mnehring

So the reason that Google tolerates the google bombing of Christianity is...?


12 posted on 01/11/2010 8:58:16 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Al Gore was more concerned with the evil influence of heavy metal than that of radical Imam.)
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To: Tupelo

Google censors because the Chinese Communist government demands it. Take that to the bank.


13 posted on 01/11/2010 8:58:59 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Al Gore was more concerned with the evil influence of heavy metal than that of radical Imam.)
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To: a fool in paradise

No one may have Google Bombed “Christianity is “

That may not be it, but it is one of the reasons why search suggestions don’t come up. My point was that various other Islamic terms come up with the same results as Christianity, etc. People are too quick to assume cause and jump on the bandwagon.


14 posted on 01/11/2010 9:00:03 AM PST by mnehring
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To: FreeManWhoCan

They were caught with their pants down.. briefs with a bomb in their crotch I suspect .

They will “fix” the bug now


16 posted on 01/11/2010 9:12:10 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: FreeManWhoCan

[[Google ‘censors its website so anti-Islam searches fail to appear’]]

But yet look up antiChristian terms, and google is chock full of them, and htey’ll defend that decision as ‘freedom of information’ yet their standars for anti-Islam sites apparently is different


18 posted on 01/11/2010 9:39:46 AM PST by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Scarlett156

I’ve switched to Bing, but I have to use Google when I want to look for guns and gun products. Bing’s gun search is pathetic and mostly brings up bb gun stuff.


19 posted on 01/11/2010 9:42:57 AM PST by Skenderbej (People need to learn that no muhammadan practices his religion peacefully.)
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To: jessduntno

Your question got pulled while I was responding (I assume for language), however, “muslim is” does produce the result you were asking about.


20 posted on 01/11/2010 9:50:24 AM PST by mnehring
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To: FreeManWhoCan

I just typed in “Islam is evil” and the first choice on the list is “Islam isn’t Evil.” Hows that for ya?


21 posted on 01/11/2010 9:51:20 AM PST by Mathews (Ambition, absent a moral compass, is naked destruction.)
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To: FreeManWhoCan

Must be in the UK. This is what I came up with:

1,520,000 for “islam is the devil”.
111,000 for “islam is fake”.
46,700 for “islam is evil”.
5,050 for “islam is a cult”.
54,700 for “islam sucks”.
293,000 for “islam is hateful”.
9,860 for “islam is violent”.
412,000 for “islam is satanic”.

and, of course...

4 for “islam is for pedophiles”.


22 posted on 01/11/2010 10:10:05 AM PST by ScottinVA (The arrogance of this Congress is staggering. November 2010 can't get here quickly enough.)
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To: Mathews

My fault... it actuall ys says, “The Evil isn’t Islam.”


23 posted on 01/11/2010 10:10:36 AM PST by Mathews (Ambition, absent a moral compass, is naked destruction.)
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To: FreeManWhoCan
Search engine Google has been accused of censoring its results after users discovered it never suggests search terms when it comes to Islam.

And life was breathed into Yahoo! for the second time :-)

I now use Bing. I like it almost too much.

24 posted on 01/11/2010 10:11:58 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A. Einstein])
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To: ScottinVA

776,000 for “Islam is our enemy”


25 posted on 01/11/2010 10:13:00 AM PST by apocalypto
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To: a fool in paradise

Touché!


26 posted on 01/11/2010 11:06:50 AM PST by FreeManWhoCan ("By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked has arrived. (BHO)")
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