Google censured for directing ‘Holocaust’ searches to revisionist neo-Nazi websites


Google adjusts its algorithms after users asking “Did the Holocaust happen?” found they were being directed to white-supremacist, neo-Nazi forum.
• Google: Algorithms to best answer a query is a challenge, and we don’t always get it right.

By Israel Hayom Staff & News Agencies


An embarrassed Google announced it was adjusting its algorithms after users who entered the question “Did the Holocaust happen?” in online searches were directed to a neo-Nazi website.

The results of the Google search for "Did the Holocaust happen?" - Photo- Screenshot 

The results of the Google search for “Did the Holocaust happen?” – Photo- Screenshot

Until recently, the top result the search engine provided to the query was a link to Stormfront, a white supremacist online forum, and an article titled “Top 10 reasons why the Holocaust didn’t happen.”

In an interview with NBC News on Tuesday, a spokesman for Google did not directly address the controversy, but said, “We strive to give users a breadth of diverse content from a variety of sources, and we’re committed to the principle of a free and open web. Judging which pages on the web best answer a query is a challenging problem and we don’t always get it right.”


Google announced it had removed the article from the top of its search results in the United States and Britain this month, and was working to provide “authoritative results.”

In a statement, the search engine giant said it had “made improvements” to its algorithms to provide “more high-quality, credible content on the web.”

The search result was first reported by The Guardian, and received overwhelming condemnation from professionals in the field and Holocaust memorial organizations.


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