SHAFAQNA – In a rather alarming turn, search engine giant Google suggests Muslims support terrorism.
Upon searching “American Muslims report terrorism,” Google suggests that perhaps you mean to type “American Muslims support terrorism.”
Google’s suggestion was first discovered by a Muslim-American blogger while writing a post about democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s recent comments on how American Muslims are “on the frontline of our defense.”
However, when Hind Makki entered on Google, “American Muslims report terrorism” she was surprised to find Google suggest that perhaps she meant to type “American Muslims support terrorism”.
This wasn’t a fluke either as several people who attempted the search found the same Google suggestion being made time and time again.
More than often when a word or phrase is typed into Google’s search with a spelling error, it automatically generates its correct spelling as a suggestion.
However, the internet giant’s algorithm also looks beyond misspellings, it looks at the sequence of words one has typed into the search box. The suggestions appear according to how often people have entered these phrases on Google.
Makki had mixed emotions when she saw Google’s suggestion. “I thought it was hilarious, but also sad and immediately screen capped it,” she said. “I know it’s not Google’s ‘fault,’ but it goes to show just how many people online search for ‘Muslims support terrorism,’ though the reality on the ground is the opposite of that.”