Google bans plug-in that picks out Jews

Google has banned an extension of its Chrome browser
which was being used to identify Jewish names on the
internet by surrounding them with three sets of
brackets, or parentheses.
Those identified were then subjected to anti-semitic abuse
via social media.
The symbol has been described as a secret signal because
punctuation does not show up in ordinary web searches.
Google said that the extension was blocked from its store
because it broke its hate speech rules.
The tech giant declined to comment further.
It was called the “coincidence detector” – a reference to a
conspiracy theory about Jewish people and global control.
The extension was developed by a far-right group called alt-
right.
It had around 2,500 users and a database of 8,800 common
Jewish names which it could pick out on websites reported
tech site Mic.
The symbol stems from a right-wing group called the Right
Stuff, who told Mic it was “a critique of Jewish power”.
Jonathan Weisman, deputy Washington editor of the New
York Times, wrote about his experience of receiving a tweet
with his name wrapped around with brackets.
When he asked what it meant the tweeter replied that he
was “belling the cat”.
“The anti-Semitic hate hasn’t stopped since,” wrote Mr
Weisman, who has now altered his name on Twitter to
include the brackets himself. Others are doing the same in
support.
“Nobody’s telling us to self-identify. We are showing strength
and fearlessness,” he tweeted in response to a journalist
who said it made her uncomfortable.
He also said that much of the hate appeared to come with
“self-identified Donald J Trump supporters” – and many had
Twitter names which included the US presidential
candidate’s name.

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