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Google, democracy and the truth about internet search

Google, democracy and the truth about internet search
Here’s what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That’s all I did. I typed: “a-r-e”. And then “j-e-w-s”. Since 2008, Google has attempted to predict what question you might be asking and offers you a choice. Are Jews evil? Google is search. The sixth is from Yahoo Answers: “Why are Jews so evil?” There’s one result in the 10 that offers a different point of view. I feel like I’ve fallen down a wormhole, entered some parallel universe where black is white, and good is bad. Stories about fake news on Facebook have dominated certain sections of the press for weeks following the American presidential election, but arguably this is even more powerful, more insidious. He came across a similar instance in 2006 when, “If you typed ‘Jew’ in Google, the first result was jewwatch.org. Google is knowledge. Next I type: “a-r-e m-u-s-l-i-m-s”. Jews are evil. He’s surprised too. Google isn’t just a search engine, of course. Like a cancer?

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/04/google-democracy-truth-internet-search-facebook

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