Google Settles With French Groups Over Anti-Semitism Auto-Completion

Posted Jun 30, 2012

Google has reached an agreement under legal mediation with French anti-racism groups.  The French groups objected to Google suggesting users to add the word “Jew” to searches for prominent political figures and celebrities.  Both sides agreed to drop a legal complaint against Google, but refused to comment on the specifics.

The six groups involved in the case include SOS Racisme, the Movement against Racism and for Friendship between Peoples (MRAP), the International League Against Racism and anti-Semitism (LICRA) and Memoire 2000.

Under a French law, it is illegal to record someone’s ethnicity in a database. Google refused to comment on the specific settlement, but they said they would be working with the anti-racism groups on public education projects.

“Google supports education and information against racism and anti-Semitism,” stated a Google France spokesman. “Together with the associations, we will develop and promote projects aimed at increasing the awareness of Internet users to values of tolerance and respect.”