Google has pulled a Chrome extension called Coincidence Detector, which tracks Jewish people online, for violating its hate speech policy. The extension in question was creating a database of Jewish people, so that it could tell you when you were reading about or reading the work of a Jewish person. Apparently the aim was to inform people of a “Jewish agenda” that is supposedly being pushed by pointing out the coincidental – hence the name – nature of who is involved with certain political movements and media empires.

It only gets worse from there. With the extension, names of Jewish people would be highlighted with three sets of parentheses – (((Dylan Duarte))), like so – which is a symbol used by neo-Nazis. The extention originated from a right-wing podcast called The Daily Shoah, though no one single person has claimed credit for it.

Good on Google for taking swift action, but it’s disheartening to know that some 2,500 people were using the extension when it was pulled. I suppose that’s a drop in the bucket when compared to the amount of people using the Internet, but it’s a bummer nonetheless.

 

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