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Google algorithm manifests anti-Semitism

Yes, really. Do a Google search for the word "Jew." Note that before the search results a special note from Google appears, titled "An explanation of our search results":

If you recently used Google to search for the word “Jew,” you may have seen results that were very disturbing. We assure you that the views expressed by the sites in your results are not in any way endorsed by Google. We’d like to explain why you’re seeing these results when you conduct this search.

A site’s ranking in Google’s search results relies heavily on computer algorithms using thousands of factors to calculate a page’s relevance to a given query. Sometimes subtleties of language cause anomalies to appear that cannot be predicted. A search for “Jew” brings up one such unexpected result.

If you use Google to search for “Judaism,” “Jewish” or “Jewish people,” the results are informative and relevant. So why is a search for “Jew” different? One reason is that the word “Jew” is often used in an anti-Semitic context. Jewish organizations are more likely to use the word “Jewish” when talking about members of their faith. The word has become somewhat charged linguistically, as noted on websites devoted to Jewish topics such as these:

It also links to a page from the ADL website acknowledging "Google Search Ranking of Hate Sites Not Intentional." The hate sites begin right after the Wikipedia page for Jews in the search results, with the vile

So much for all the incessant prattle about how anti-Semitism doesn't exist. Is there any other ethnic group that Google has had to issue such a disclaimer for? This is proof positive that we aren't just paranoid—or, if we are, it is with good reason.

It is time for Jews to take back the word "Jew" just as gays have taken back the word "queer." Using such ludicrous niceties as "Jewish person" just concedes ground to the anti-Semites. Say it loud—I'm a Jew and I'm proud!

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