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Google is manipulating searches about Hillary Clinton’s health

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On Saturday morning the hashtag “#HillarysSearchTerms” was trending. As a Twitter user who doesn’t hold back my feelings about Hillary Clinton, I decided to post screenshots I took of Google filtering its search results.

These screenshots show that when “Hillary Clinton’s he” is typed into Google, Bing, and Yahoo search engines, Google’s results are drastically different. The results for the other two search engines display frequently searched terms about Hillary’s health, while Google filters them out and displays results about things such as “Hillary Clinton’s headquarters” and “Hillary Clinton’s healthcare plan 1993.”

Shortly after, the screenshots went viral and made their appearance on FOX News and Infowars. Hundreds of people on Twitter expressed their distrust for Google and several even called to boycott.

When using Google’s own tool, “Google Trends,” and comparing two of the terms from the recommended search results, it is clear to see what users are searching more frequently.

 

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In fact, if you simply type “Hillary Clinton” into all three search engines the results are contrasting as well:

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This isn’t the first time Google has been accused of bias in favor of Hillary Clinton. SourceFed originally reported that Google appeared to be burying negative search terms about Clinton, and revealed connections between the tech company and her campaign.

In June, a Google spokeswoman told CNN, “Our autocomplete algorithm will not show a predicted query that is offensive or disparaging when displayed in conjunction with a person’s name. Google autocomplete does not favor any candidate or cause. Claims to the contrary simply misunderstand how autocomplete works.”

To test this, I decided to plug both candidates names into Google to test the predicted queries:

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No, Donald Trump did not have a heart attack in 2016, he wasn’t assassinated, and he’s certainly not poorly educated. If showing autocomplete results about Hillary’s health is either “offensive or disparaging,” wouldn’t false information about Donald Trump and his so-called “idiocracy” be subject to the same filters? It’s clear that Google has some flaws to work out. Try it for yourself.


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