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Racist results on Google

November 27th, 2009 by Vader

Google defends itself for posting links to racist and anti-Semitic sites.

I’m no great fan of Google, but I have to agree with the policy they claim to follow, which is to base rankings on links and let the chips fall where they, ignoring actual content as long as the site doesn’t attempt to manipulate its rankings.

Although:

“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,” it said.

“Sometimes subtleties of language cause anomalies to appear that cannot be predicted,” Google said.

“A search for ‘Jew’ brings up one such unexpected result,” it said. “One reason is that the word ‘Jew’ is often used in an anti-Semitic context.”

This really can’t be described as “unexpected.” It was entirely predictable.

The Internet has been described as a modern information highway, but it’s more like a meandering street through a medieval town where the inhabitants routinely dump raw sewage out their windows.

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November 27th, 2009 10:48:53
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GST
November 27, 2009

Borges foresaw the World Wide Web. See his story “The Library of Babel.”

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