French rights groups want Google to stop suggesting ‘Jew’
PARIS A FRENCH judge on Wednesday asked a mediator to resolve a dispute pitting Internet giant Google against anti-racism groups who object to the search engine suggesting users add “Jew” to name searches.
The conflict stems from Google’s autocomplete feature that suggests what search people might want based on algorithms of previous searches.
Because users of Google.fr frequently ask whether politicians, actors or other celebrities are Jewish or not, the word “Jew” in French is frequently suggested as what those using the search engine might in fact be asking about.
SOS Racisme, the Movement against Racism and for Friendship between Peoples (MRAP) and the International League Against Racism and anti- Semitism (LICRA) argue that Google is unintentionally breaking the law.