Google has quickly responded and defended itself against charges of political bias, denying any alteration or changes of the search suggestion for Hillary Clinton. The Mountain-based search company has created tons of buzz on the web when it was accused of altering its autocomplete algorithm to help Hillary Clinton.
“Google Autocomplete does not favor any candidate or cause,” Google said in a statement, via the Washington Times. “Claims to the contrary simply misunderstand how Autocomplete works.”
Google’s statement comes in response to a Youtube video by SourceFed claiming that the search giant is hiding or burying unfavorable search results to protect Hillary Clinton.
According to the YouTube video posted last week by SourceFed, Google was purposefully hiding not-so-nice results for the Democratic presidential nominee. The video pointed out that Google doesn’t suggest “Hillary Clinton crimes” as a completion to “Hillary Clinton cri,” whereas both Yahoo and Bing do. The same thing also happens when user type in “Hillary Clinton ind,” in search of term “Hillary Clinton indictment,” though SourceFed suggested that this should be the case, given the popularity of the topic in the Google Trends.
The SourceFed’s video, which currently has more than 557,000 views in Youtube site, states that: “Google’s bias is undeniable,” and implied that Alphabet (Google’s parent company) executive chairman Eric Schmidt, which is known as Clinton supporter, is making things work.
Google responded to those accusations by elaborately explaining the reasons behind the discrepancies between different search engines in a Friday blog post.
According to Google search executive Tamar Yehoshua, the search giant’s autocomplete algorithm was designed to avoid completing a search for a person’s name with terms that are offensive or disparaging. He also admitted that Google’s autocomplete feature isn’t an exact science and that the output of the prediction algorithms changes frequently. This also means that a user autocomplete options may change over time and that it will depend on the user’s search preferences.
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Video Courtesy: SourceFed/Youtube.com