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Google Drops "Islam is " Suggestion Censoring

Postby scikidus » Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:49 am UTC

For about a month at least Google Suggest (the list of drop-down suggestions which display for your entered phrases on the Google homepage) has been unresponsive to the phrase "Islam is". This normally might not seem like a big issue, until you notice that it lets through lots of suggestions of phrases such as "Christianity is" or "Judaism is".

Then SearchEngineLand reported that Google defended the problem as just a bug, and that Google was trying its hardest to fix the issue.

The apparent censorship is now over, you can go to http://www.google.com to verify it for yourself:

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Re: Google Drops "Islam is " Suggestion Censoring

Postby Princess Marzipan » Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:50 am UTC

Oh dear fuck that is not even fake.
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Postby The Reaper » Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:51 am UTC

Islam is google! Googlehu Akbar!

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Postby Aetius » Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:18 am UTC

It's almost the same thing with Christianity:

Christianity is bullshit
Christianity is not a religion
Christianity is a lie
Christianity is a cult
Christianity is false
Christianity is fake
Christianity islam judaism
Christianity is wrong
Christianity is not a religion t-shirt
Christianity is dying


Judaism is pretty ugly as well.

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Postby Philwelch » Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:32 am UTC

Google Suggest is routinely amusing. Try "how do", for instance.
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Re: Google Drops "Islam is " Suggestion Censoring

Postby Lazar » Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:32 am UTC

Forget religion. Type in the following for EPIC. LULZ.

is france in
is england in
is germany in
is scotland in
is china in
is japan in
is spain in
is rome in
etc
etc
etc

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Re: Google Drops "Islam is " Suggestion Censoring

Postby Admiral Valdemar » Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:37 am UTC

Did they fix the bug where putting "Google" into Google search breaks teh intarweb?

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Postby Josephine » Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:43 am UTC

the first result for "google is" is "skynet".

Awesome.
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Re: Google Drops "Islam is " Suggestion Censoring

Postby G.v.K » Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:59 am UTC

2 favs of mine:-

"Jesus is"

"what if the"


and if you happen to know another language or three, cross-linguistic comparison is worthwhile. assuming you've nothing better to do, of course.

Edit: of yeah, and "what if a"

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Re: Google Drops "Islam is " Suggestion Censoring

Postby TheGrammarBolshevik » Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:02 am UTC

"is america"

and, for an even more bizarre follow-up:

"is obama"
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Re: Google Drops "Islam is " Suggestion Censoring

Postby Qaanol » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:12 am UTC

For interesting and humorous Google autocomplete suggestions, look at this thread.

On topic, I'd like to believe Google, but I fail to see how the absence of suggestions for that particular term could possibly have arisen if not intentionally by *someone*, even if it was as underling who didn't ask permission to censor it.
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Postby Comic JK » Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:55 am UTC

My question is:

What does Google give for an image search of the prophet Muhammad?

O_O

(The answer is Arabic calligraphy, political cartoons, and Victorian sketches of a man in a turban.)
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Postby Nath » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:12 am UTC

My favorite is 'is'. I use it as a rough gauge of what society is thinking about at any given time. By this measure, thirty percent of society is currently thinking about which celebrities have what genitalia.

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Postby Woofsie » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:39 am UTC

Nath wrote:My favorite is 'is'. I use it as a rough gauge of what society is thinking about at any given time. By this measure, thirty percent of society is currently thinking about which celebrities have what genitalia.

I think "why" is the funniest though.

Spoiler:
why.png


The first result is pretty surprising.

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Postby Arancaytar » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:52 am UTC

Well, there are few positive contexts where you would speak of an ideology in the form of "<ideology> is". In most cases, the sentence continues with a negative qualifier.

For comparison:

atheism is a religion
atheism is dead
atheism is illogical
atheism is wrong
atheism is by richard coughlan [what?]
atheism is the new fundamentalism
atheism is not a religion
atheism is growing
atheism is a non-prophet organization [this one's awesome :D ]
atheism is so senseless


6 outright bad, 1-2 outright good (depending on whether you count "not a religion" as a compliment), and 2 pretty much neutral.

vegetarianism is unhealthy
vegetarianism is wrong
vegetarianism is healthy
vegetarianism is not healthy
vegetarianism is immoral
vegetarianism is healthier
vegetarianism is good
vegetarianism is bullshit
vegetarianism is unethical
vegetarianism is a cult


7/10 bad, 3 good ("healthy, healthier, good")

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xkcd is down


Nothing good there.

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Re: Google Drops "Islam is " Suggestion Censoring

Postby scikidus » Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:50 pm UTC

Arancaytar wrote:atheism is by richard coughlan [what?]

For the record, Coughlan (known as coughlan666 on YouTube) has a video series/poem called "Atheism Is", so that might explain why it's up there.
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Postby netcrusher88 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:57 pm UTC

Woofsie wrote:I think "why" is the funniest though.
Spoiler:
why.png
The first result is pretty surprising.

I don't get that first one. I'm guessing by the Remove link on the right it's coming from your search history.
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Postby Woofsie » Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:12 pm UTC

netcrusher88 wrote:I don't get that first one. I'm guessing by the Remove link on the right it's coming from your search history.

Well spotted, that does seem like something I'd search for. The rest are still pretty funny though.

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Postby BeerBottle » Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:45 pm UTC

Google Suggest also teaches us that

Psycology is common sense
Biology is easy
Chemistry is hard
Physics is so hard

and

Math(s) is cool bloxorz

which I think says it all

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Postby Aikanaro » Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:05 pm UTC

BeerBottle wrote:Google Suggest also teaches us that

Psycology is common sense

Does it tell us anything about Psychology? :lol:
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Postby minno » Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:07 pm UTC

My favorite is "I really hope y"

It comes up with "I really hope you get sexually violated by a pterodactyl tonight." :shock:

This site has a ton of those things.
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BeerBottle wrote:Math(s) is cool bloxorz


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Postby Arancaytar » Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:46 pm UTC

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Postby guyy » Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:17 pm UTC

Christianity is not a religion

atheism is a religion

vegetarianism is immoral


All of these come before their inverses (ex. "atheism is not a religion"), if the inverse is there at all. Looks like false is the new true.

Also, behold what "USA is":

usa is a monster
usa is the best country in the world
usa is a corporation
usa is bankrupt
usa is doomed
usa is a republic
usa is finished
usa is better than canada
usa is not a democracy
usa is in what hemisphere

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Postby Philwelch » Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:18 pm UTC

Arancaytar wrote:they are who we thought they were.


And we let 'em off the hook! If you want to crown them, then crown their ass!
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Postby Arancaytar » Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:02 pm UTC

guyy wrote:Looks like false is the new true.


Actually, false is 0 or 1. Although that kind of proves your point. true is true, and on that note captain obvious is obvious while redundancy is redundant.

usa is in what hemisphere


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Postby PhoenixEnigma » Sat Jan 30, 2010 9:05 pm UTC

Arancaytar wrote:
usa is in what hemisphere


... :/

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Postby G.v.K » Sat Jan 30, 2010 9:16 pm UTC

guyy wrote:Looks like false is the new true.


what do you mean by 'new'? socrates was picking people up on this shit a couple of thousands years ago.

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Postby Woofsie » Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:07 pm UTC

usa is in what hemisphere


wat

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Postby Diadem » Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:39 am UTC

I love how thos suggestions are almost always negative. Someone at google must have had a very good time writing that particular piece of software.

Compare 'democrats are' and 'republicans are'. They seem to be pretty much the same ;)
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Postby dedalus » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:43 am UTC

Diadem wrote:I love how thos suggestions are almost always negative. Someone at google must have had a very good time writing that particular piece of software.

Compare 'democrats are' and 'republicans are'. They seem to be pretty much the same ;)

Then compare them to 'politicians are'...

I have a theory that the autocomplete staff are just against everyone :P
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Postby netcrusher88 » Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:22 am UTC

So what you're saying is, Google AutoSuggest is an Internet hate machine. This...explains a lot, actually.
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Postby Kizyr » Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:41 am UTC

I love how whenever something like this occurs*, the first thing folks do is go and blame Muslims for it. Not on this thread (impressively and surprisingly, I might add), but nearly everywhere else the topic comes up. ('Cause, you know, it couldn't be Google's own failings; they must've been threatened by someone!) KF

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Postby jestingrabbit » Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:56 am UTC

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Postby Qaanol » Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:36 am UTC

I do not get any Google suggestions for "hate ", "I hate ", or any other combination of words I've tried that includes "hate " (note the space afterwards signifying I want that to be a word by itself, not the start of a longer word) except for "hate hate", which gives a suggested search of lyrics to a song. So it looks like they are still censoring some suggestions.

Edit: These are some terms, as of this writing, that do not give suggestions.

These ones are not vulgar or profane terms, but nonetheless are filtered:
Spoiler:
"Hate "
"Blasphemy "
"Porn "
"Pornography "
"Supremacist "
"Abortion "
"Abort" (But there are suggestions for "Abort " with the space at the end. Go figure.)
"Lesbian "


These ones are or can be. Warning: Profanity/triggers follow.
Spoiler:
"Fuck "
"Shit "
<the N word> (But there are plenty of suggestions for "Nigga ".)
"Rape "
"Bitch " (Really? What if I'm not exactly sure what terms related to female canines I want to search for?)
"Cock " (Nothing about how to cock a gun? Cock your head? Cock of the roost? Maybe I need guidance on searching for roosters!)


And on the other side,
Spoiler:
There does not appear to be censoring of suggestions for "Execution ", the first two suggestions for which are "videos" and "photos". I have not tried actually searching those terms, and I fully expect the results to be censored, but I don't want to find out.
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Postby phlip » Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:46 am UTC

Huh. It does actually make the AJAX call, but it doesn't show the results... Also, note that none of the results actually contain the word "hate"...

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Postby Lazar » Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:50 am UTC

Try some of these:

"yippie ki yay m"
"i've had it with these m"
"this is what happens when you f"
"give me the keys you f"
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Postby Philwelch » Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:53 am UTC

Try putting any number of dirty or vulgar words into Google Suggest and it'll shut up.
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Re: Google Drops "Islam is " Suggestion Censoring

Postby Qaanol » Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:55 am UTC

I've edited my last post to list several terms with that effect, around half of which are not vulgar.
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