Why Trump Appears When You Google "Idiot"?

Laverne Mann
December 16, 2018

He said: "We provide search today for - anytime you type in a keyword, we as Google, we have gone out and crawled and stored copies of billions of webpages in our index". Lofgren asked - we're presuming with a slight hint of sarcasm. In response, Pichai explained that such a thing was not possible because there are too many steps in the process, but Smith didn't accept Pichai's explanation and dismissed it. "Let me just say, I disagree".

Pichai also faced comments and questions about Google's data collection and privacy practices, and its discussions on creating a search engine that could be used in China.

By linking to posts with certain combination of words and images, the people behind the gag have managed to convince Google's computers that a Trump picture is what most people want when they search for "idiot".

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, ranking Democrat on the committee, called the charges "a completely illegitimate issue, which is the fantasy, dreamed up by some conservatives, that Google and other online platforms have an anti-conservative bias".

The word "idiot" quickly became the most searched term on Google after Democrat congresswoman Zoe Lofgren pointed out results from the search reveal pictures of U.S. President Donald Trump. "It's basically a compilation of what users are generating, and trying to sort through that information?"

"Not by default", Pichai answered. "There may be a Google service you have opted in to use". Poe demanded a yes or no answer, but Pichai indicated it was complicated. "It's not a trick question".

Google trends what is bitcoin

"I understand the frustration at seeing negative news, and I see it on me on Google", Pichai told the packed hearing. You know, you make $100 million a year.

That observation came from Ted Lieu (D), a California representative, who noted that it was the fourth in "a series of ridiculous hearings". Even if Google were able to adjust its search results so as to favor Conservatives more, Congress can't legally compel it to do so.

Google released its list of "what was trending in 2018" and "What is bitcoin" ranked as the top "What is..." for users in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to Google Trends.

In other words, the whole event was nothing but political theater.

But drawing up regulations governing that area of search results would be more likely to raise First Amendment issues, making them even more hard to impose.

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