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.
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.”
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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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