Google has been under fire for a year over its use of the word “Islam” in its search results.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai apologized on Friday for using the term “Islamic,” a term which has become increasingly controversial in recent years.
“We do not use the term ‘Islamic’ in our search results because the terms are often used in a misleading way to promote divisive and exclusionary views,” Pichais said in a statement.
The Google statement said it had updated its search guidelines and removed “Islamist” from its search engine and other search terms.
The company also said it was also rolling out a change that would prevent its users from being able to search for “Islam,” and that its algorithms would now treat it as an “other” search term.
Google also removed “Islamic extremists” from the list of words used to rank news articles.
Google is not the first company to be under fire over its “Islamic extremist” policy.
Facebook was recently sued by a group of Muslims who claimed that the social media company had made it impossible for them to search its own content for “Islamic terrorism” because the term had been used in the past to refer to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Google has been accused of using “Islamic extremism” to promote its search rankings.
The search giant’s chief legal officer, Brad Smith, has acknowledged that Google’s use of “Islamic terrorist” is a common practice and said it’s been corrected in recent months.
He told CNN that he was not sure why Google was using the phrase, which is used to describe groups that are deemed a terrorist organization by the United Nations, but that the company had never intended to use the word.
The company has been criticized for using other words to describe Islamic extremism.
In September, it announced that it was changing the search results for “moderate Islam” to show it as “moderate,” which is also an alternative to “Islamic.”