| In April of 2004, Boycott Watch
wrote a report about
complaints people had about the clearly anti-Semitic "Jew Watch" website and
the call to boycott Google for listing that site in their search engine.
At the time, we posted with Google's response. Our
report helped kill the angry responses to that site, in which people were
complaining to Google. In fact, the Boycott Watch report on the topic was
quoted in a few articles and in several blogs.
email is circulating with the same claims. Apparently, people forgot to ignore
the site after three years. Since our original report, however, the way search
engines gather information and rank sites has changed a little, resulting in
the fact that the more people are visiting that site and linking to it to tell
people to complain about it, the higher that site is being ranked on search
engines - in essence, the emails to block the site are becoming the antithesis
of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The fact is that
Google should not be boycotted because they are not promoting the "Jew Watch"
website, so the petitions are based on an erroneous premise. Search engines
simply examine which sites people visit, and report it, regardless of content.
The more a site is visited, the higher it will be ranked. Removing a site from
a search engine will only result in the automatic software finding and
self-reinserting it again. There is no giant a room of editors who put sites in
search engines or even remove them - it is done automatically by computers.
Boycott Watch therefore recommends not boycotting
Google or signing petitions because Google, or any other search engine for that
matter, all work the same and did not do anything inherently wrong. If you want
to get the "Jew Watch" website off the search engines, the best thing to do is
not forward those emails around and especially not visit the site. In this
case, people's curiosity is only exasperating the object of their disgust. If
nobody cares about the site, then the search engines won't care either, and the
site will not be found.
EDITORS NOTE: Please Do NOT Pass That Email
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remove jewwatch from google's search engine - please and pass on
you Google the word "Jew", one of the first websites that pops up is www
jewwatch (editied) --an anti-semitic, hate-filled harangue masquerating as
"scholarly, factual, informational"
Add your name to the petition to
remove www jewwatch (editied) from Google's search engine. (Check out the site
and you will understand why.) In order for Google to remove this, they would
need a petition of over 50,000 requests....
Go to: (editied as not to
give the site credibility) to sign the petition.
VERY IMPORTANT !!
Please pass this one on!
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