Halal search engine can keep on filtering

Mon 9 November 2009 14:03, Editors

Halal search engine can keep on filtering

In September in Holland a special "Halal search engine" launched. This search engine filters, I'MHalal, search results based on Halal-preferences. Every search result you get is supposed to be filtered according to the Islamic laws. When the search engine finds information which is "of explicit nature" a negative search advice will be given.

In the Netherlands the search engine got a lot of criticism. On the one hand from those saying that the results just aren't good enough. On the other hand a more serious accusation: it could be discriminating.

If for example you search for "Gay" you will get a warning from the search engine that the result might not be "Haram". That means the results can be sinful. According to many that means the search engine is discriminating against Gays. To say the least it could offend gays.


Several members of Parliament in the Netherlands asked the secretary of culture to close down the search engine over issues like this. The website was, they say, provoking discrimination against gays. The secretary however now says he can't close it down. Only a judge can do that and that means there have to be filed charges first. So far no one has done that.

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