Trump shows as result of “idiot” Google search

Typing “idiot” into Google Images search reveals pictures of President Trump

The word “idiot” has been searched for more than one million times, following testimony typing it into Google Images threw up pictures of President Trump.

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search result of “idiot”

During the grilling of Google’s Cheief Executive, the link between the two was mentioned .

He was asked whether this was an example of political bias in algorithms, something he denied.

According to Google Trends, “idiot” is currently the number one most searched for term in the US.

Democratic congresswoman Zoe Lofgren posed the question about why it highlighted results that included pictures of the president.

“How would that happen? How does search work so that would occur?” she asked.

Mr Pichai replied that Google search results were based on billions of keyword ranked according to more than 200 factors, including relevance and popularity.

Google Ceo- Mr Pichai

“So it’s not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what we’re going to show the user?” responded Ms Lofgren.

Republican members of congress continued to grill Mr Pichai, with Steve Chabot asking why, when he searched for news about his party’s health care bill, only negative news appeared.

Mr Pichai replied that equally negative news was highlighted when people used the search term “Google”.

Why Does Donald Trump Appear on Google Images for ‘Idiot’?

Still, these answers don’t really explain why, despite these 200 factors, that Trump appears in the search feed for it instead of another likely insensitive alternative display matching the dictionary definition. 

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