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Google removes Chrome extension to target people with Jewish-sounding names
Google removes racist Chrome extension used by Neo-Nazis to target people with Jewish-sounding names
The app called itself a 'conicidence detector' - a reference to a right-wing conspiracy theory that Jewish people secretly controlled the media, banks and governments
Google has removed a Chrome extension from its online store it was revealed to be being used by Neo-Nazis to identify and target people with Jewish-sounding names online.
The Echo app was designed to work in the background of the internet browser and would highlight Jewish-sounding names and the full names of high-profile Jewish individuals when they appear on any webpage using three sets of parenthesis.
The app called itself a “coincidence detector” - a reference to the conspiracy theory put about by far-right groups and antisemites that influential Jewish people are secretly in control of the media, the government and the financial industry.
It works by using a database of popular Jewish names as well as names of prominent Jewish people such as Michael Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York.
His name would appear as (((Michael Bloomberg))) on any webpage where his name appeared while the extension was installed.
Users were also invited to submit their own suggestions.
The supposed goal of the app was to highlight supposed links between high-profile Jewish figures to prove the far-right’s theories about the secret Jewish plot they believe is being concealed by the mainstream media.
Google removes racist Chrome extension used by Neo-Nazis to target people with Jewish-sounding names | News | Lifestyle | The Independent
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