Google alters algorithm, removing Holocaust-denying results

Google alters algorithm, removing Holocaust-denying results

Google recently made a big move regarding their stand on search results when they reportedly altered their search algorithm to get rid of results that deny the holocaust.

Gizmodo reports that this was prompted by a search result when the keywords "Did the Holocaust happen?" were keyed in.

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Previously, the first result came from a white supremacist website entitled "Top 10 reasons why the holocaust didn't happen."

While Google initially refused to remove the article, the company later had a change of heart and promptly altered their search algorithm to remove Holocaust denial sites.

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A company spokesperson told Digital Trends, "Judging which pages on the web best answer a query is a challenging problem and we don't always get it right."

The spokesperson also emphasised that Google strives "to give users a breadth of diverse content from [a] variety of sources and…[is] committed to the principle of a free and open web."

Google maintains that results are still being sorted automatically and this latest code alteration is simply part of their improvements to the system.

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