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This article was published on January 28, 2010


Google Fixes “Bug” – Now Allowing Profane Search Suggestions On Islam

Google Fixes “Bug” – Now Allowing Profane Search Suggestions On Islam
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google_logo5Early this month we brought you the news that Google search had a very interesting feature: when certain queries were input (surrounding the search term “Islam”), Google went blank on suggestions.

Searches for similar things around other faiths yielded different results. The search for “Christianity is” yields quite a few colorful, and some would claim blasphemous, suggestions. We called Google out on this, and with Danny Sullivan and some Digg promotion, seem to have reached them.

Google responded to Danny and us saying that it was a bug that they were working to get fixed. Whether or not that was true, it has now been corrected. Proof, from my computer just a moment ago:

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Thank you for fixing this Google; bugs that give one faith an edge are bad bugs indeed.