Sunday, June 5, 2016

Google says it’s not deliberately filtering “Crooked Hillary” suggested search to favor Clinton


Google offers an autocomplete suggestion of "Lying Ted" for "lying" but fails to do similar for Clinton, raising questions.
Danny Sullivan on June 4, 2016 at 2:00 am



Type “lying” into Google, and it will suggest “Lying Ted,” the moniker US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump placed on his once-rival Ted Cruz. But type “crooked” into Google, and it doesn’t bring up the “Crooked Hillary” label that Trump has attached to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. What’s going on?

It’s not because Google has done anything deliberate to favor Clinton, either through automated or manual means, the company told Search Engine Land. It sent this statement:

Autocomplete predictions are produced based on a number of factors including the popularity of search terms. Our systems are periodically updated to improve Search, and our users’ search activity varies, so the terms that appear in Autocomplete may change over time.

Additionally, our systems automatically filter a small set of offensive or inappropriate content from autocomplete predictions.

There is no difference between how our removal filters operate among candidates.

In short, if Google’s systems are filtering out the “Crooked Hillary” suggestion,