Chrome Had A Database Of Jews Online For Neo-Nazis

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The bizarre app doesn't fulfill any purpose other than helping neo-Nazis locate their prey.

Are you an anti-Semitic white supremacist? Do you wish to have access to the online footprints of Jews so you can message them threats, tweet insults at them and make the internet the playground from hell with your as the towering, reviled bully?

Google Chrome

Worry not, because Google Chrome has you covered — or had you covered, at least.

For some bizarre reason, Google Chrome kept a database of Jews on the internet, and spilled these names to bigots who are all too eager to know.

The app, Coincidence Detector, asked users for suggestions to help it detect Jews, and then compiled lists of suspected or confirmed Jews. The app, that had been downloaded more than 2,400 times when it was deleted on Thursday, then pointed out Jews by putting three parenthesis around their names.

The app was deleted because it ran counter to the company's policy against hate speech that, as the spokesperson put it, makes no room for "content advocating against groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity."

Even before the app was taken off, online activists have been battling the app.

 

Although the app has been deleted, its existence has left us with a terrifying realization: In the age of the internet, racial and ethical profiling is probably not done in imposing buildings and offices, but in a place where people from all backgrounds live and share, online.  

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