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Anti-Semitic propaganda on Google triggers outrage in Sweden

Anti-Semitic propaganda on Google triggers outrage in Sweden

Google has revealed it is taking measures to address criticism for allowing the spread of anti-Semitic propaganda through various search results, which had triggered outrage in Sweden.

A search on Google for the Holocaust showed an anti-Semitic blog post high up containing information about Swedish Jews. With their names, pictures and occupations listed, dozens of them were described in a humiliating and threatening manner, according to local media.

Searches for the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement’s propaganda website also appeared as news with “top stories from”, as seen on searches for media organisations, Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter reported.

A spokesman at Google has confirmed the development, however, without providing any details.

“Sometimes search results that both we and users find offensive can show up. But there are also concerns about suppressing material based on personal opinion,” Google Sweden said on Twitter.

“We must, like everyone else, comply with the law,” the tweet further read.