Published On: Tue, Sep 8th, 2015

Google fixes algorithm that claimed Jews run Hollywood

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Google fixed issue in which the Internet search engine answered “Jews” when users posed the question, “Who runs Hollywood?”

The notion that Jews run Hollywood is a familiar anti-Semitic refrain. Google’s direct answers service is based on an algorithm that draws answers from various websites and provides simple responses to questions. But an algorithm has no ability to recognize hurtful or racist content, hence the anti-Semitic result.

Users were quick to point out the gaffe, prompting Google to change its algorithm. A Google spokesperson told The Guardian that the direct answer was being removed and explained that a website propagating the misguided theory that Jews run Hollywood had been linked to by many others, giving it perceived “authority” under the company’s page-rank algorithm.

The spokesperson said, “We assure you that the views expressed by such sites are not in any way endorsed by Google.”

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