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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. Continue Reading »