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Google: We’re Not Rigging ‘Crooked Hillary’ Searches

by Patrick Howley, Breitbart:

The all-powerful Internet search engine company Google says that it is not rigging its system to reduce the visibility of the term “Crooked Hillary.”

Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land discovered that there is no Automatic Recommendation in the Google Search bar for “Crooked Hillary.” In contrast,”Lying Ted” comes up as a recommendation as soon as people started typing “Lying.”

Is Google, led by chairman and major Clinton booster Eric Schmidt, trying to keep “Crooked Hillary” from going viral in the same damaging way as Trump’s other nicknames? Google defended itself in a statement to Search Engine Land:

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.

It appears that “Lying” was just more commonly associated in the public consciousness, after a while, with “Ted Cruz” than “Crooked” is at this time with “Hillary Clinton.”

Breitbart ran its own test of Google’s policies by typing the two terms “Crooked Hillary’ and “Lying Ted” into the search engine bar. The images below show how many letters had to be typed in before the options appeared.

First, Breitbart typed in just three letters and Google showed the “Lying Ted” option.

Then Breitbart ran the test for “Crooked Hillary.” Even after four letters, there was no “Crooked Hillary.”

With five letters, Google showed “crooked hillary bernie,” but not “Crooked Hillary.”

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1 comment to Google: We’re Not Rigging ‘Crooked Hillary’ Searches

  • rich

    Clinton Loyalist Authoritarianism: Brad DeLong Threatens a Journalist and Economists. Who is Next?

    Now mind you, this blood lust comes from an economist who is part the Center for Equitable Growth, a think tank founded by John Podesta, who is also the chairman of Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Its steering committee includes Melody Barnes, who as former Director of the White Housed Domestic Policy Committee, was an Obama advisor, former Fed Vice Chairman Alan Blinder, a Bill Clinton appointee, and former head of the Council of Economic Advisers Laura Tyson, another Bill Clinton pick who later advised the Obama Adminsitration. DeLong’s posts, and his confidence that he will be able to serve up his revenge, thus isn’t simply a communication by an isolated blogger. It should be seen as official messaging.

    This is from an economist who was part of the Administration that gave us Nafta, which instead of creating jobs as promised, cost America an estimated 850,000 to 1,000,000 jobs. This is from an economist who stood with the mainstream, pro-bank deregulation which led to the near-collapse of the financial system and to bailouts that constituted the greatest transfer of wealth in world history. This is from an economist who has consistently stood with mainstream neoliberal economic theories that have led to a flat real wages for ordinary workers, which only now as the chickens are coming home to roost, is being acknowledged as one of the causes, and arguably the cause, of secular stagnation. And he has the temerity to declare himself and his allies as having been truthful about the impact of their policies and having superior acumen as to what works and doesn’t work. On top of that, he charges others with “overpromising” when that is what he and his fellow travelers have done again and again.

    Good liberals are supposed to respect the freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and academic independence. But good liberals circa 2016 are looking a lot like good Germans circa 1936.

    As the Israelis say, “Love your enemy, for you will become him.” DeLong’s threats show that the difference between him and Trump are ones only of degree, not of kind.

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