‘what’s Islam? don’t ask google’


Type a few words into the search field on Google’s home page and the engine automatically returns a helpful list of popular, similar searches for the words you’ve typed in so far — a convenient way to find the right information.

Enter “Christianity is” and you’ll find results that, while offensive, at least indicate common discussions on the Internet. Likewise, type “Judaism is” and Google suggests other, potentially offensive searches such as “Judaism is false” and “Judaism is not a race.”

But type “Islam is” into the search engine and Google’s auto-results pane mysteriously vanishes, leading some to conclude that Google, whose mantra is “don’t be evil,” is censoring its search results.



According to Google’s Web site, the query suggestions that appear as you type are drawn from from searches you’ve done (if you’re logged in), searches done by users all over the world, sites in the search index and ads in Google’s network.

The company also explains that “We try to filter out suggestions that include pornographic terms, dirty words, and hate and violence terms. If you encounter a term that should not be suggested, please let us know by posting in the Google Web Search Help Forum.”

Google Christianity suggest

Google must not consider “query suggestions” returned against Christianity and Judaism as “hate and violence terms”. Odd isn’t it?



2010-03-24 03:13:59

This is an addendum to this post that was published on 2010/01/18. I ran another search on Google with the qualifier ‘Islam is’. This is what was returned…



  1. Isn’t that something!! Nothing amazes me anymore.

  2. Greetings Marianne, not sure if you have kept up with what is going on. I don’t know why the difference now, but when you google up “Islam is” the above is what was returned.

    I’ll bet you a number of people voiced their concern with google, as I did.
    Peace in Yeshua

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