The anti-Semitic movement has been on the rise coordinated by an online group named ‘raid’. They operate by manipulating the google image search engine results by attaching abusive images tagged with innocent keywords which in turn, shows the pictures in the search results.
For example, searching for ‘Jewish Baby Stroller’ reveals portable ovens on a wheel with the inscription ‘Made in Germany’, symbolizing the Jews gassed and burned in the holocaust.
According to Brooke Goldstein, a New York lawyer and civil rights activist, the illustrations depicted on Google’s image search engine are used to spread hate and discrimination. “Google needs to take a more proactive approach to penalize websites that distribute such content”, says Goldstein.
Google claims that the situation arises due to what they refer to as ‘voids of information’. Israel Figa states the image search algorithm is unable to decipher pictures, therefore relies on appended text or tags to describe the illustrated content.
“Google reveals images search engine results of a portable oven on a wheel, tagged with the words ‘Jewish Baby Stroller’, explains Israel Figa, “Google had no way of knowing because the images were blended in a way that Google couldn’t easily notice them”. The company claimed they are working towards a comprehensive solution, but still haven’t found an alternative that can perfectly prevent future occurrences.
On the other hand, researchers believe that this occurrence is far from being an accident, as they speculate that it might be an extremist coordinated campaign to feature the given images through rogue websites.
According to the Network Contagion Institute, the body that investigates the spread of hate speech online, this is not the first time Anti-Semitic search results appear in the search results for baby strollers. Pictures of portable gas ovens tagged with ‘Jewish Baby Stroller’ first began ranking on Google’s image search back in 2017.
Their main objective is to put across the message that Jews as a group, are evil. From the last statement made by Google, they stated the images of the Jewish Baby Stroller phenomena are not hosted on their web hosting servers and referred to the content as “disturbing.” Google seemed empathic as they claimed that they share the concerns.
A similar incident claims that the websites try to replace abusive terms with words like ‘Skype’ or even ‘Google’ to enable them to override the google search filters.
The EndJewHatred group, a Jewish civil rights activist movement, has announced its determination to rid the internet of the ‘Jewish Baby Stroller’ images.