“Google’s autocomplete function seems to be tilted in favor of Hillary Clinton, a report says, but the company denied that it skews results for any candidate,” Steve Goldstein and Jeremy C. Owens report for MarketWatch. “According to a SourceFed video posted Thursday, Alphabet Inc.’s search engine yields different, less critical autocomplete results for some Clinton-related phrases than similar searches on Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Inc. products.”
“For example, SourceFed noted in a video on Google’s own YouTube service that typing ‘Hillary Clinton cri’ on Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing suggest phrases that link Hillary Clinton to crime. Similarly, typing ‘Hillary Clinton ind’ on Yahoo and Bing suggest phrases that link Hillary Clinton to the possibility of being indicted as a result of her email records,” Goldstein and Owens report. “On Google, however, typing ‘Hillary Clinton cri’ results in suggestions for ‘Hillary Clinton crime reform’ and ‘Hillary Clinton crisis.’ Similarly, a search for ‘Hillary Clinton ind’ brings up suggestions on Hillary Clinton and Indiana, independents and India, and not indictment.”
“Search traffic for the phrases that do not appear is much greater than those that do, as SourceFed pointed out. For instance, a Google Trends search shows that ‘Hillary Clinton indictment’ has been a much more popular search term throughout the first few months of 2016 than any of the other options Google search offers when the term begins to be entered into the search engine,” Goldstein and Owens report. “SourceFed also showed that common negative searches for Clinton’s Democratic primary competitor and presumed general election foe — Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, respectively — appeared near the top of autocomplete results.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The dangers of having one massively dominant online search engine portal should be plainly evident to anyone with at least half a brain.
For those who might dispute that statement because of political party affiliation and/or the specific search terms affected in this specific report, simply imagine the Koch brothers buying and running Google tomorrow.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. — Lord Acton
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[Attribution: New York Post. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]