Google Faces Lawsuit Over ‘Jewish’ Search Suggestions

French anti-discrimination organizations are suing Google for allegedly disseminating “unsolicited and systematic associations between famous people and their Jewishness” through Google’s auto-complete function, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Since 2008, Google has been attempting to anticipate what its users will type into the search engine with its “Suggest” feature, but lawyers for SOS Racisme say that by connecting famous personalities with an often persecuted religious minority, the web giant is overseeing “the creation of what is probably the biggest Jewish file in history.”

When users type Rupert Murdoch’s name into the Google search engine, the suggested results include “rupert murdoch jewish.”

“Numerous users of the first search engine of France and the world are confronted daily with the association, unsolicited and almost systematically, [of] the word ‘Jew’ with the names of those most prominent in the world of politics, media or business,” SOS Racisme and other organizations state in their lawsuit, according to a translation of an article about the case published by the French-language La Côte newspaper.


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