web analytics
August 27, 2014 / 1 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Google Sued for Peppering Search Engine with ‘Jew’s

Several French anti-racist organizations are suing Google for allegedly pushing “unsolicited and systematic associations between famous people and their Jewishness” – real or presumed – through the indispensable feature, the auto-complete function

Since 2008, the Google search engine has been anticipating what users are about to type next in the search box, offering its “Suggest” feature. Except that lawyers for SOS Racisme, a French anti-discrimination organization, argue that by connecting persons with Judaism, the Internet behemoth is actually perpetrating “the creation of what is probably the biggest Jewish file in history.”

Apparently, not everybody likes to be known as Jewish, particularly people who aren’t. The list of Jewish don’t-wannabe includes News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch and “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm.

Jon Hamm Jewish? Really? What’s next, Rabbi Bacon?

But if you plug the name of the actor who plays that elegant, utterly aloof, lady killer Mad Av executive in the search box, like we did, you’ll get a long list of websites (460,000 actually) that debate the possible connection between Hamm and the revelation on Mt. Sinai.

It’s all math, and for the most part it’s very useful math, enriching the Internet search process by suggesting directions the user hadn’t thought of. Also, if the same user has been looking for just that kind of information, the feature cuts down on search time, freeing up more valuable time for another rousing game of Solitaire.

Google offers a page that explains its policies on the pesky autocomplete feature. And the company explains those instances where users receive an unexpected word or topic for their query. For instance, when “the search term violates our autocomplete policies.” Google says the engine excludes “a narrow class of search queries related to pornography, violence, hate speech and copyright infringement.”

About the Author: JewishPress.com brings you the latest in Jewish news from around the world. Stay up to date by following up on Facebook and Twitter. Do you have something noteworthy to report? Submit your news story to us here.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

2 Responses to “Google Sued for Peppering Search Engine with ‘Jew’s”

  1. Nancy Kramer says:

    Actually the head of stern college in manhattan, yeshiva university's womens college is names Karen Bacon!,

  2. Rachel Howe says:

    Google's auto suggest is based off of actual search queries, so what is your argument?

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
The three salesmen -Netanyahu, Ya'alon and Gantz
Netanyahu Tries to Sell Bill of Goods that Israel Won Goals in the War
Latest News Stories
First Day of School

It’s Rosh Chodesh Elul, and that means school has begun in the Chareidi school system.

Dell Smitherman at The Jewish Press.

Smitherman has witnessed firsthand both how damaging income inequality has been to the poor and how it negatively impacts families and communities.

Nick Di Iorio at The Jewish Press last week.

“It was embarrassing to be asked, Why is Egypt right now a better ally than America? Why is Israel doing more than the U.S. to protect Israel?”

The three salesmen -Netanyahu, Ya'alon and Gantz

Has Netanyahu ever heard of Lincoln’s phrase, “You cannot fool all of the people all of the time?”

This shot may have come from a Syrian tank…

Hamas recently indicated to international press that it would continue building up its underground network while restocking arsenal, rockets and other weaponry

Iran vowed on Monday to “accelerate” its rearming of PA Arabs in Judea and Samaria, one day after it claimed that it shot down an Israeli spy drone over its airspace.

The case of missing U.S. yeshiva student Aaron Sofer, studying in Israel, remains unsolved after six days.

“We are strong chassidic women and we take the name, we embrace it, and we own it.”

After a month, should the quiet hold, Israel and Hamas will restart indirect negotiations in Cairo on easing Israel’s blockade of the coastal strip and disarming the enclave.

Israel’s political landscape awoke Wednesday to the latest ceasefire with a sharp round of criticism for Prime Minister Netanyahu, and jostling for position amongst senior politicians who have begun to smell the aroma of early elections, possibly in the first half of 2015.

Palestinian terrorists threw stones at Jewish-owned cars in the Wadi Joz section of Jerusalem Wednesday. Three children were injured and treated on the spot. A 22-year-old man was arrested, and police told Israel Radio the man has confessed to other incidents as well. In Shuafat, in northern Jerusalem, Palestinians threw rocks at the Jerusalem light […]

Nearly 90 percent of Gaza residents support attacks on Israel, say rockets help ‘deterrence’

Chaim Yellin: We don’t want government support. We need quiet in the morning.

Mortar fire crossed the border into northern Israel from Syria near Quneitra. Two cars were damaged. Accidental shelling?

NYC lawmaker Laurie Cumbo presses Miami-Dade officials to find Rabbi Joseph Raksin’s murderer.

More Articles from Jewish Press News Briefs
Strike on Golan Yekev

This shot may have come from a Syrian tank…

Palestinian terrorists threw stones at Jewish-owned cars in the Wadi Joz section of Jerusalem Wednesday. Three children were injured and treated on the spot. A 22-year-old man was arrested, and police told Israel Radio the man has confessed to other incidents as well. In Shuafat, in northern Jerusalem, Palestinians threw rocks at the Jerusalem light […]

A baby was hurt when Palestinian terrorists stoned the car she was driving in near the Samaria community of Yitzhar this morning. According to reports on the Hebrew-language 0404 website, the driver of the vehicle escaped the scene of the attack and reached a nearby IDF base safely. There, the baby was treated for her […]

Released for Publication: The IDF has released the names of the 2 killed by Hamas mortars yesterday…

One of the seriously wounded people from the Hamas rocket attack on the Eshkol region has died…

Hamas and other Gazan terrorists fired 4,594 rockets and mortars at Israel…

The IDF has activated all the counter-terrorist teams in the town.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/google-sued-for-peppering-search-engine-with-jews/2012/05/01/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: