Google Fortune Teller is getting huge interest online, but those who ask a question of the official-looking Google app are getting an interesting result.
The app lets people type in a question about their future, though the answer is always the same.
“Of course we can’t predict your future!
“But 60 million refugees ask themselves every day if they have a future at all. So we used a fake Google-site to get your attention because apparently you were interested in your own future. Please take a moment to think of their future.”
The fortune-telling app was created as a way to draw attention to the world’s worst immigrant crisis since World War II. The site — which IBN Live noted was created by a web design company in the Netherlands and is not affiliated with Google — directs users to local initiatives and gives them a chance to donate to charities that help the refugees.
Google Fortune Teller is being used to draw attention to a situation that world leaders are recognizing as a major crisis. Immigrants are streaming into Europe at a rate so fast that leaders are having a difficult time coming up with any kind of meaningful solution.
With winter fast approaching, the situation could become even more dire, experts warn. The sea between Turkey and Greece will essentially be closed off due to harsh weather, the Guardian noted, but that likely won’t stop thousands of immigrants from trying to make the treacherous journey.
European leaders have been meeting over the last several days in an attempt to find a solution, but immigrants are coming so fast that plans are constantly changing.
“My concern is that we have had this paralysis for so long that the numbers are now out of date. So even if we get [a deal] on Wednesday we are going to have to lift them again,” said Claude Moraes, MEP and chair of the European parliament’s justice, civil liberties and home affairs committee. “The EU has worked hard on this. But these were figures for the start of the crisis, not now.”
Many countries have responded to the influx of immigrants by closing land borders, but experts say that won’t stop the millions of people trying to flee ISIS.
“You can’t block the border with Turkey in any meaningful way,” said Leonard Doyle, spokesman for the International Organization for Migration. “There is the rise of expectation that you can do it, the push factor of people with ISIS at their back, and the result is they put themselves at far greater risk than they would have before.”
While the Google Fortune Teller may not be actually affiliated with Google, the real company is doing its part to help the refugee crisis. Google added a banner ad to many sites with a “Donate” button, and is matching donations up to $11 million.
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