Skip to main content.
A non-profit service providing academics, religion professionals and other researchers with religion & cult news

Religion news articles about religious cults, sects, world religions, and related issues

Home | About RNB Related: Cult FAQ | Cult Experts | Apologetics Index | Cult Information Search Engine
More articles about: Internet:

Google won’t dump anti-Semitic site

Reuters, USA
Apr. 14, 2004
Lisa Baertlein • Wednesday April 14, 2004

San Francisco – Google, under fire for refusing to exclude an anti-Semitic website from Internet search results, on Tuesday said it cannot deny users access because that would betray a vow to deliver unbiased information – no matter how it detests the site’s message.

The offending website,, shows up as the first search result when users type “Jew” into Google’s popular Internet search engine.

The site, which says its mission is to keep “close watch on Jewish communities and organisations worldwide,” includes links to numerous hate groups and other anti-Semitic information.

“I certainly am very offended by the site, but the objectivity of our rankings is one of our very important principles,” Sergey Brin, who started Google with fellow Stanford University graduate student Larry Page in the late 1990s, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

“We don’t let our personal views – religious, political, ethical or otherwise – affect our results,” said Brin, who added that he is Jewish.

Scientology vs. Google

Scientology, essential a hate group (see its scriptures) hates free speech, and thus has bullied Google into removing a link to a web site of Scientology critics

As with virtually all Scientology’s unethical behavior, its action backfired. Google put the link back into place, and the to-date the world still hears about Scientology’s censorship efforts.

Several weeks ago, a New York-based real estate investor started an online petition urging Google to remove the site.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the petition – at – had collected more than 50 000 signatures.

Brin, who has received numerous emails from friends who oppose the site, said the decision to continue including it in search results is about maintaining editorial integrity at, where results are determined by complex computer algorithms.

“We do not want to have people involved in showing the results for a query,” Brin said.

He added that most people searching for information about Jewish people or organisations use the term “Jewish” in their queries as opposed to “Jew,” which is often used in an anti-Semitic context. A Google search using “Jewish” as a search term did not turn up hate sites in the top results.

Prior to the current flap, the key word “Jew” showed up in about one of every 10 million queries, Brin said.

“There are 100 times as many now,” he said, mostly due to curiosity related to the controversy.

The Anti-Defamation League, which monitors hate groups and anti-Semitic activity, has come down on the side of Google.

“The ranking of Jewwatch and other hate sites is in no way due to a conscious choice by Google, but solely is a result of this automated system of ranking,” the Anti-Defamation League said in a March 30 letter on its website.

Meanwhile, US Senator Charles Schumer of New York has a different view and has sent Google a letter asking that it change its algorithm to make the site less prominent in its search results, a spokesperson for Schumer said.

In the past, Mountain View, California-based Google has removed sites dealing with illegal activity, such as paedophilia, or sites that “maliciously” attempt to manipulate search results.

info Original content is © Copyright Religion News Blog. All rights reserved.
    Do not republish or repost. Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

share this article Share this article

tag Related Articles

arrow Topic(s): Internet

Comment Comment

Join Religion News Blog at Google+ to comment, share, and follow.

RSS Feed Follow Us


Religion News You May Like This As Well

Why are you not using Nozbe?

Don't you need to get things done?

Religion News Search Search Religion News Blog