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Safari’s suggested search results have been promoting conspiracies, lies, and misinformation

The Verge Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Safari’s suggested search results have been promoting conspiracies, lies, and misinformationSafari’s Siri Suggested Websites search results have been recommending a litany of low-quality and conspiratorial websites, a report from Buzzfeed has revealed. Siri Suggested results are a means of linking Safari users directly to relevant websites directly from the search bar rather than needing to load the results in a web page first.

The suggestions, highlighted at the top of the search bar, include a holocaust denial website, a Pizzagate conspiracy video, and an anti-vaccination website. Apple removed each of the misleading results shortly after the report surfaced.

A search for “Pizzagate,” for example, caused Siri to suggest a conspiratorial YouTube video from David Seaman, who had his account suspended back in February 2018 for...
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News video: Apple Works On Safari's Suggested Search Results

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Business Insider reports that Apple has removed a bunch of suggested search results from Safari. This after its web browser pointed users to websites containing debunked conspiracy theories, such as the Holocaust being faked. BuzzFeed discovered that Safari was surfacing questionable results through...

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