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Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Hey, Google, is it what the Holocaust looked like?
Organization Unit
  • Mykola Makhortykh
  • Aleksandra Urman
  • Roberto Ulloa
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Journal Title First Monday
Publisher University of Illinois at Chicago
Geographical Reach international
ISSN 1396-0458
Page Range online
Date 2021
Abstract Text By filtering and ranking information, search engines shape how individuals perceive both the present and past events. However, these information curation mechanisms are prone to malperformance that can misinform their users. In this article, we examine how search malperformance can influence representation of traumatic past by investigating image search outputs of six search engines in relation to the Holocaust in English and Russian. Our findings indicate that besides two common themes - commemoration and liberation of camps - there is substantial variation in visual representation of the Holocaust between search engines and languages. We also observe several instances of search malperformance, including content propagating antisemitism and Holocaust denial, misattributed images, and disproportionate visibility of specific Holocaust aspects that might result in its distorted perception by the public.
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Digital Object Identifier 10.5210/fm.v26i10.11562
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Keywords Computer Networks and Communications, Human-Computer Interaction