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January 11, 2010

Google’s Islam bug

Filed under: Islam,Nothing in Particular — David Jenkins @ 12:23 pm

Google is claiming that the reason their search engine does not complete the phrase “Islam is”

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but does have suggestions for “Christianity is”

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is not because they are censoring search results, but because they have a bug:

But the query “Islam is”? Not a thing comes to mind for Google to suggest. (Search results are still there, of course.)

It’s enough to get some to conclude Google is censoring itself, perhaps as a result of complaints for suggestions that one guesses are just as flattering as those for other faiths.

But Google says it’s just a software problem.

“This is a bug and we’re working to fix it as quickly as we can,” a Google spokesman told

The bug obviously needs some work, because it has overlooked Mohammed:


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