Technology giant Google removed an application for its Chrome browser on Thursday evening after online publication Mic exposed the program as a tool used by anti-Semitic internet users.
Called the “Coincidence Detector”, the Chrome companion was created by “altrightmedia” to automatically detect Jewish names on webpages through the use of a database compiled by clients.
The extension’s description said the tool’s purpose was to “help you detect total coincidences about who has been involved in certain political movements and media empires.”
The shortcut was especially effective on Twitter, where neo-Nazi types could target Jewish politicos, journalists and celebrities.
At the time of its removal, Detector’s database had compiled a list of approximately 8,700 names and the application sported over 2,400 users.
Specifically, extension highlighted Jewish names through the use of an “echo”, or triple parentheses, which according to Mic is known “in the ant-Semitic corners of the alt-right — a new young, amorphous conservative movement that comprises [internet] trolls . . . free speech activists warring against political correctness and earnest white nationalists.”
A Google spokesperson told CNN that the Chrome extension was removed for violating the company’s “program policies”, which bans “content advocating against groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity.”
The developer of Coincidence Detector, AltRightMedia, has also had its Twitter account deleted, although its unclear which party initiated the removal.
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