Why Trump Appears When You Google "Idiot"?

Yolanda Curtis
December 15, 2018

More specifically, the link between searching the word "idiot" on Google Images and the current USA president - Donald Trump.

Aside from the fact that Google's algorithm is written by humans, the fundamental reason for its biases is its artificial intelligence-powered search result customization, said Gabriel Weinberg, CEO and founder of DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused search engine that doesn't track users' search history.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai confronted a barrage of criticism Tuesday from House Republicans who said his company suppresses conservative voices, exposing Google to the same kind of scrutiny that has destabilized its tech peers this year.

President Donald Trump has accused Google of rigging search results to suppress conservative viewpoints and highlight coverage from media that he says distribute "fake news".


Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, told Pichai that he had to scroll deep into search results to find any positive articles about President Donald Trump's signature tax cuts previous year.

"This effort now is an internal effort", the CEO responded. The link between this word and google search results was one of the crucial topics of the hearing.

Pichai reiterated Google's position that it has no plans "right now" to re-enter China with a search engine generating censored results to comply with the demands of that country's Communist government.

This is to avoid people and companies being able to trick the system to climb the Google rankings. "But if it's not free speech, why do they get a free pass on protection against libel, for example?" he asked, urging Americans to view the questions and answers from the hearing. Democratic representative Zoe Lofgren asked.


To give you an idea, the word "idiot" has been searched for more than one million times, following Sundar Pichai, Google CEO testimony. "Can Google track me when I move?"

Pichai said the company had made progress in policing some types of problematic content, but he added, "We are looking to do more".

He continued: "I'm confident we don't approach our work with any political bias". "I punch news. This weekend I was on MSNBC four times, and yet the first thing that comes up is The Daily Caller, not exactly a liberal but I guess well-known group, then Roll Call, then Breitbart News, then The Memphis Business Journal, then Breitbart News, then Breitbart", he said. The company has denied any such bias, and while the question has dogged tech companies for years, there's no evidence of an anti-conservative or any other political tilt.


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