Google has been condemned by a US anti-Semitism watchdog for leading users to a dictionary entry describing “Jewish” as a verb meaning “negotiate with someone in a stingy or petty way.”
Users searching for the word tuesday saw the offending dictionary entry, along with the more traditional entry for the word – a noun describing “a member of the people and cultural community whose traditional religion is Judaism and who traces its origins through the Hebrew people of Israel to Abraham” – shown below.
A note above the definition emphasized that it was considered “offensive.”
StopAntisemitism.org, a US watchdog group that regularly accuses publishers, politicians and websites of promoting anti-Jewish racism, told Google that posting such “grotesque anti-Semitic trope” is “unacceptable.”
“I couldn’t believe it, so I googled it myself”, tweeted Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Elad Strohmayer.
Google had not yet addressed the controversy Tuesday evening. However, the tech giant itself probably wasn’t responsible for the definition. The Google website explains that it “does not create, write or modify definitions”, which are taken from “third-party experts who compile dictionaries.”
“Our partners call these terms vulgar, derogatory, or otherwise offensive to provide proper context about them,” the website continued. “We only display an offensive definition by default when that is the primary meaning of the term.”
The offensive definition did not appear on Tuesday evening, replaced by the traditional entry.
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