Friday, December 30, 2016
Muslim hate speech is OK
Google is refusing to stop its enhanced search function helping users to access lectures by a Muslim cleric dubbed the pied piper of jihad, despite acting against other offensive material.
When people search for the radical imam Anwar al-Awlaki, the site’s autocomplete function — which uses algorithms based on what others have searched for — suggests searches that add words including “quotes” and “lectures” while they are still typing his name.
These enhanced searches lead to transcriptions and recordings of hate-filled lectures that are known to have inspired the 7/7 bombers and helped to radicalise other terrorists. In contrast, searches for Awlaki’s name without Google’s suggested extra words lead to accounts of his terrorist involvement.