‘Jewish baby strollers’ Google Search Results Show Anti-Semitic Images, Google Responds

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The Google results are shocking: Do an image search for “Jewish baby strollers” and you’ll see row upon row of portable ovens — an offensive allusion to the Holocaust.

The Network Contagion Research Institute, which studies the way hate speech spreads online, located a series of posts on the 4chan message board, dating back to 2017, that purposefully pair images of ovens on wheels with the term “Jewish baby stroller.” There were at least a dozen such images turned up in one search, dating from August and September 2017. That means these results may have been in place for years, even though they drew attention Friday

Oven references are relatively common among anti-Semites, who make them to allude to Jews belonging in the crematoria Nazis used to incinerate the bodies of Jews they killed in the Holocaust.

“It is hard to believe when you go to Jewish baby stroller, you see imagery that is really connected to ashes to burning, to horror. I mean
I can’t believe it. Jewish baby strollers, this is what you find,” said former Assemblymember Dov Hikind to News12 Brooklyn
Brooklyn Councilman Chaim Deutsch tweeted out the disturbing find that when you do an image search

 

News 12 reached out to Google and they responded with a statement saying, “We share the concern about this content. It does not reflect our opinions. When people search for images on Google, our systems largely rely on matching the words in your query to the words that appear next to images on the webpage. For this query, which is for a product that doesn’t actually exist, the closest matches are web pages that contain offensive and hateful content… We’ll look at this situation to see how we can return more helpful results.”

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