Friday, June 10, 2016

Opacity of ogling onomatomania...



Something I've been thinking for quite a long while now, due to increased difficulty finding certain things by 'Googling'. I put part of the difficulty down to the sheer amount of crap out there but sometimes I was thinking Google are intentionally misunderstanding my searches! 'Don't be evil'... However: "Published on 9 Jun 2016 While researching for a wrap-up on the June 7 Presidential Primaries, we discovered evidence that Google may be manipulating autocomplete recommendations in favor of Hillary Clinton. If true, this would mean that Google Searches aren’t objectively reflecting what the majority of Internet searches are actually". Hat-tip: Weasel Zippers, and yes, amazing work by Source Fed.  And related to yesterday's post.

Update 11th June: Google responds, hat-tip Zero Hedge: "the autocomplete algorithm is designed to avoid completing a search for a person’s name with terms that are offensive or disparaging"...is that for all 'sides'? At least from now on it will be anyway...maybe.

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