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Is Google censoring their autocomplete to avoid offending the religious?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gareth Fouche Jun 5, 2011. 25 Replies

Me and my roommate found this little quirk on Google, and it's gotten me a bit mad. Google has generally lived-up to their "do no evil" mantra, but if what we found was done on purpose, I have lost…Continue

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Might as well have some laughs at all those facebook Christians

"Ecclesiastes 9:5-6   5 For the living know that they will die,    but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward,    and even their name is forgotten. 6 Their love, their…"
Jul 20, 2011
Gareth Fouche replied to Alexander Vranas's discussion 'Is Google censoring their autocomplete to avoid offending the religious?'
"Think you're jumping to conclusions. Google search algorithms work on more than just basic count of search term. For example :   http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/basics/google1.htm   There are more factors at play here so…"
Jun 5, 2011
Akshay Bist replied to Alexander Vranas's discussion 'Is Google censoring their autocomplete to avoid offending the religious?'
"Oh, the horrors! *Sheldon voice*"
Jun 4, 2011
AntiChristianLeague replied to Alexander Vranas's discussion 'Is Google censoring their autocomplete to avoid offending the religious?'
"Oh...wow....That was a bad idea.."
Jun 4, 2011
AntiChristianLeague replied to Alexander Vranas's discussion 'Is Google censoring their autocomplete to avoid offending the religious?'
"Now I have an intense desire to look up "blue waffle" on google."
Jun 4, 2011
Jo replied to Alexander Vranas's discussion 'Is Google censoring their autocomplete to avoid offending the religious?'
"nice!  "
Jun 4, 2011
Daniel replied to Alexander Vranas's discussion 'Is Google censoring their autocomplete to avoid offending the religious?'
"I don't think so they seem to be pretty non-denominational. They often have speakers go to the google campus for talks and one of the speakers was Christopher Hitchens.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD0B-X9LJjs"
Jun 4, 2011
Doubting Thomas replied to Alexander Vranas's discussion 'Is Google censoring their autocomplete to avoid offending the religious?'
"Well is the guy at the top in google religious?"
Jun 4, 2011
Akshay Bist replied to Alexander Vranas's discussion 'Is Google censoring their autocomplete to avoid offending the religious?'
"Found the page where all the words blacklisted in google autocomplete are listed, but it looks like that the list is a little dated, but if you still wanna have a look, here -  http://www.2600.com/googleblacklist/ And I typed in christians are…"
Jun 4, 2011
Radu Andreiu replied to Alexander Vranas's discussion 'Is Google censoring their autocomplete to avoid offending the religious?'
"   I don't know if Google is censoring stuff, but this is too funny, especially the part about Christians being atheists too. :))   Plus, the first suggested link is awesome too."
Jun 4, 2011
Daniel replied to Alexander Vranas's discussion 'Is Google censoring their autocomplete to avoid offending the religious?'
"Ding ding ding ding! They mostly don't filter search results but there are such things as Torrents, torrenting and bit torrent among others. Now I assume anything disparaging about Christian views."
Jun 4, 2011
Eric Wichman replied to Alexander Vranas's discussion 'Is Google censoring their autocomplete to avoid offending the religious?'
"Dude, I was eating! ;) that was so not cool."
Jun 4, 2011
Freek replied to Alexander Vranas's discussion 'Is Google censoring their autocomplete to avoid offending the religious?'
"I don't know if Google censors stuff like this, but if you start with the religion, the autocomplete works. muslim vio get you to muslim violence (before that you get muslim videos), and the same works for christian vio... But Google may still…"
Jun 4, 2011
Kirsten replied to Alexander Vranas's discussion 'Is Google censoring their autocomplete to avoid offending the religious?'
"The bigger the company, the bigger the pressure to conform to social norms and niceties. Sadly, Google's public traded status means we're more likely to see those kinds of things happen."
Jun 4, 2011
Chuck B. replied to Alexander Vranas's discussion 'Is Google censoring their autocomplete to avoid offending the religious?'
"Now I have a new nickname to call assholes. THANKS!"
Jun 4, 2011

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About Me:
I am a 22-year-old Journalism student at the University of Memphis. I currently live in Olive Branch, MS (The most religious state in the USA) with three other Atheists.
Age
19-24
Why are you here?
I am an Atheist living in the Bible Belt, and I need more conversation that isn't tainted with ignorance.
The religion you left
Christian, Catholic
Why you left your religion.
No proof has ever been given to me to suggest that God actually exists, and it doesn't seem that God's existence is a prerequisite for Earth and Humanity to exist.

Every important question I have ever had about the world has a real tangible answer. The only questions I couldn't answer with science or logic, seemed like questions that didn't actually have answers that man knows (yet), and I certainly didn't feel like God was any better an answer to any of them
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