Wednesday, January 06, 2010

"Islam is" just tip of Google's politically correct iceberg

I hadn't seen this last paragraph on the Google Query Suggestions site before writing this  "We try to filter out suggestions that include pornographic terms, dirty words, and hate and violence terms. If you encounter a term that should not be suggested, please let us know by posting in the Google Web Search Help Forum."

The Next Web reported a strange thing when you type in "Islam Is " on Google as opposed to "Christianity is ", no search suggestions appear like "Islam is a religion".

Most software companies say “It is a feature not a bug.” Google said "It's not a feature, it's a bug."

I don't think it's true try it yourself. 
Fill in the following in the search box.
“jews are” No search suggestion
“islamists are” None
“gays are” None
“chinese are” None

“lesbians are” None
“dutch are” Yes search suggestions (apparently the Dutch are NOT insulted easily) !

"americans are" Nothing ??
"danes are" "The happiest people in the world", among other things.
“martians are” Yes  suggestions, no martians on earth to offend

You can by now guess the results of
"whites are"
"blacks are"
"blues are"

but try it for fun.

With a short program you should be able to get a list of groups of people Google doesn’t want to insult. I am looking forward to someone publishing that list !
Did somebody at Google make it by hand or did they set up an algorithm ?

Besides nouns (groups of people), there are apparently different verbs in the filter besides "are" such as "hate" 
"I love" -> Yes we are given suggestions
"I hate" -> Don't be evil, no suggestions.
"chinese hate" Nothing
"Google hateS" Mexicans (obviously)

Comments, questions or E-mails welcome: ajbrenninkmeijer (a)

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