Google removes 'are Jews evil' suggestion from autocomplete feature. Google has removed offensive phrases from its autocomplete function after it was found to lead people to incendiary websites.

When users typed "are Jews" or "are women" into the Google search box, it would suggest phrases to search for that included “are Jews evil” and “are women evil”.

In both cases, the search results are full of websites answering that yes, Jews or women are evil. Among the results for “are Jews evil” were “Top 10 major reasons why people hate Jews” and a page on “biblebelievers.org.au” called “What world-famous men have said about the Jews”.

The results for “are women evil” went further. Google's results provided a highlighted box answering that “every woman has some degree of prostitute in her”, a snippet from a website called “Shedding of the ego” which was the top search result.

In response to the claims in The Observer, Google said it had “taken action”, including removing the highlighted box in the search results for “are women evil”. It did not confirm it had removed the autocomplete suggestions for “are women evil” and “are Jews evil”, but the Google search box was not suggesting either on Monday morning.

However, a third autocomplete suggestion that had been criticised, “are Muslims bad”, continues to feature when typing in “are Muslims”. The search results themselves, meanwhile, have not been altered.

The results for “are women evil” went further. Google's results provided a highlighted box answering that “every woman has some degree of prostitute in her”, a snippet from a website called “Shedding of the ego” which was the top search result.

In response to the claims in The Observer, Google said it had “taken action”, including removing the highlighted box in the search results for “are women evil”. It did not confirm it had removed the autocomplete suggestions for “are women evil” and “are Jews evil”, but the Google search box was not suggesting either on Monday morning.

However, a third autocomplete suggestion that had been criticised, “are Muslims bad”, continues to feature when typing in “are Muslims”. The search results themselves, meanwhile, have not been altered.