France / 01-05-2012
Google sued over autocomplete's 'Jewish' search suggestions
Paris - Several French anti-discrimination organizations are suing Google for allegedly promulgating "unsolicited and systematic associations between famous people and their Jewishness" through Google's auto-complete function.
SOS Racisme has a hearing scheduled Wednesday for a lawsuit in which the association and a handful of other French anti-racism organizations allege the search giant is "overseeing the creation of what is probably the biggest Jewish file in history" with auto-complete search suggestions that associate famous figures, such as News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch, with the words "Jew" and "Jewish."
When users type Murdoch's name into Google.com, the suggested search results that drop down include "rupert murdoch jewish."