Google Suggests "Israel is a Terrorist State"?

Sep 24, 2007 • 7:44 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Go to Google Suggest type in "Israel is a ", again, just type in the words israel space, is space, a space and see it suggests "Israel is a Terrorist State." Then it follows that by "Israel is Evil." Here is a screen capture:

Google Suggests Israel is...

Why would Google suggest these search phrases? According to Google's FAQ this works purely based on algorithms:

Our algorithms use a wide range of information to predict the queries users are most likely to want to see. For example, Google Suggest uses data about the overall popularity of various searches to help rank the refinements it offers. An example of this type of popularity information can be found in the Google Zeitgeist. Google Suggest does not base its suggestions on your personal search history.

Jew Google OffensiveCan Google Suggest be manipulated by the outside? I suspect so. Just like they had with the search on "jew" back on April 2004. In fact, a search for jew still returns a Google ad that leads to

If you recently used Google to search for the word "Jew," you may have seen results that were very disturbing. We assure you that the views expressed by the sites in your results are not in any way endorsed by Google. We'd like to explain why you're seeing these results when you conduct this search.

A site's ranking in Google's search results relies heavily on computer algorithms using thousands of factors to calculate a page's relevance to a given query. Sometimes subtleties of language cause anomalies to appear that cannot be predicted. A search for "Jew" brings up one such unexpected result.

So should one thing Google suggests that Israel is a terrorist state? Personally, I think not. It is a shame those types of suggestions come up, but I don't think we can blame Google for it.

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