google-logo-874x288It’s bad enough when you accidentally put something like “How do I join ISIS” in  your auto suggestion in the Google Autosuggest results, but it really rubs the salt in the wound when BBC News calls you out on it.

It was found that if you typed in the search term

[how can I join] into Google’s search box, an option to show ISIS came up in the Autosuggest box.  Can we say “oops”?  Since BBC News brought this to light, Google had actively censored out that particular suggestion.



Here is the before and after that was captured by BBC:



This is what Google had to say to the BBC after they were notified about the autosuggestion:

“We periodically update our systems to improve Search, so the terms that appear in Autocomplete may change over time. We exclude only a narrow set of search queries such as those related to pornography, violence, hate speech, and copyright infringement.”

This is not the first time that Google has removed auto-complete suggestions from the Google search bar.  In fact, it’s not really all that uncommon at all.

This is what Danny Sullivan was quoted saying by the BBC:

“It may be that people are simply typing it into Google for research purposes, to find out about Isis, rather than simply wanting to join it themselves,” says Sullivan. “But the reason we’re seeing Isis on Autocomplete is the number of people typing in ‘How can I join Isis’.”

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