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Google bombing: It's an old internet tactic. And it came up Tuesday while Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before Congress.
The term refers to gaming search results by linking a certain term to a certain site all over the internet. The tactic is an attempt to manipulate the company's search signals and associate queries with a new off-topic term.
Pichai, who was answering questions for the House Judiciary Committee on alleged bias against conservatives and data collection practices, was confronted with the topic when Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California, asked why Googling the word 'idiot' surfaced pictures of President Donald Trump.
'We take the keyword and match it against their pages and rank them based on over 200 signals. Things like relevance, freshness, popularity, how other people are using it,' Pichai answered. 'And based on that, at any given time, we try to rank and find the best search results for that query.'
Lofgren, as if trying to prove a point about search bias allegations, then responded, 'So it's not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what we're going to show the user?'
(For the record, it isn't.)
The Google bombing incident was just one of the many instances when a representative grilled Pichai on the potential biases around the company's search algorithms. While some saw the three-and-a-half hour session with the House as an opportunity to get answers about its work with China or its data collection practices, much of the time was dominated by questions over bias and the political leanings of Google's employee base.
Trump has repeatedly accused Google of bias against conservatives -- which was the top billed topic of Tuesday's hearing.
In August, Trump accused Google of skewing search results in a liberal direction. He tweeted that Google's search results are 'rigged,' saying the company is 'suppressing voices of Conservatives.' He also tweeted a video that claimed Google promoted former President Barack Obama's State of the Union addresses every January but not his. Trump added the hashtag #StopTheBias.
Google rejected his claim, noting that its home page did promote the president's address in January. The company also said it didn't promote either Trump's or Obama's address from their first years in office because those speeches aren't technically considered State of the Union addresses. A screenshot from the Internet Archive, which records web domains, backed up Google.
After the Trump administration launched a controversial travel ban involving seven Muslim-majority countries, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google employees discussed tweaking search results to show users how they could contribute to pro-immigration causes.
One other well-known Google bombs involved former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who's name was linked to a site that used it as a graphic sexual definition. That came about after Dan Savage, a writer and LGBT activist, held a contest in 2003 to make the word 'Santorum' stand for something new because of his opinions on gay rights.
Google didn't return a request for comment about how it can better combat Google bombing.
First posted Dec. 11, 12:35 p.m. PT.
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The president of the United States is currently the top result when you search 'idiot' in Google Images. But who else is up there with him?
Right now, if you type the word “idiot” into Google Images, the first result will be the visage of one Donald J. Trump. Given that the literal dictionary definition of the word is “a stupid person,” that may or may not surprise you. And anyway, who are we to question the secret wisdom of the impenetrable Google algorithm? What is interesting, however, is the company he’s keeping up there on the search result page. Some are obvious—that’s you, dude pretending to drill into the side of your head. But others? Not so much. Here’s a brief round up of Trump’s fellow idiots and few ideas (some substantiated, others… not) about how they came to embody the word ‘idiot,’ at least in the eyes of the internet.
Billie Joe Armstrong and the gang have a song called “American Idiot,” so that makes sense. Its high ranking, however, is actually weirdly linked to the #1 idiot himself, and a campaign in the UK to get Green Day’s single to the top of the charts just in time for Trump’s visit to the UK last week. And it worked! Not only are they way up there on Google, the song, first released in 2004, actually reached #25 on the official singles chart.
This activist and journalist’s face is the third result, but she’s actually not the idiot in question. Sarkar actually bestowed the hallowed moniker on Piers Morgan during an appearance on a British morning show last week, again over Trump’s pending visit to England. While she was trying to explain why she would be protesting the president’s visit, Morgan interrupted her repeatedly, at one point saying it wasn’t fair to protest against Trump when she hadn’t protested done so against Obama (who, btw, Morgan referred to as her “hero”). It’s at this point that Sarkar replies, “I’m a communist, you idiot,” and thus enters this not-so exclusive Google results club.
How does one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century end up here? Well, it’s what happens when your face is used as the image in article entitled “The Difference Between A Genius And An Idiot” that’s actually about real estate brokers. It’s very in-the-weeds, inside baseball stuff on the housing market, but from what we gather, Einstein is the former, not the latter.
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See: Dude pretending to drill into the side of his head. Also: The guy wearing a hat made entirely of empty plastic jugs.
What is a very talented, award-winning novelist doing in a search result like this? Well, the Turkish-American writer happened to publish a book literally called The Idiot, so here we are. While we’re talking about Batuman, though, we’d also like to point out that we highly recommend The Idiot and think you should read it immediately.
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