Trump tops ‘idiot’ searches on Google
ECONOMYNEXT – Images of US President Donald Trump, who is backed by white nationalists and evangelists is topping Google image search results for ‘idiot;, with suspected activists pushing up the results through various tactics.
UK’s Guardian newspaper said the Trump appeared to top the idiot result after ‘American Idiot’ a song by rock band Green Day, was used by protestors during a recent visit by the US president to the country.
Donald Trump’s nationalism, repeated lying, scapegoating immigrants and minorities have alienated many both in the US and abroad.
Activists are also using techniques like upvoting an image posted on the website Reddit, and posting images linked to word idiot, to boost results, the newspaper said.
Similar techniques had been used by Trump supporters to discredit Hillary Clinton in the past.
Google uses complex mathematical formula, called an algorithm, which tracks user behavior and links on other sites to bring out the most relevant search results.
As a policy the Google does not manually take out search results, but the algorithm is believed to be continuously tweaked to improve results.
“A site’s ranking in Google’s search results relies heavily on computer algorithms using thousands of factors to calculate a page’s relevance to a given query,” Google had explained after an earlier controversy on search results.
“Sometimes subtleties of language cause anomalies to appear that cannot be predicted.”