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Sundar Pichai had to explain to Congress why Googling ‘idiot’ turns up pictures of Trump

The Verge Tuesday, 11 December 2018
Sundar Pichai had to explain to Congress why Googling ‘idiot’ turns up pictures of TrumpIn a House Judiciary Committee hearing today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was asked to explain why a Google image search for “idiot” turned up pictures of Donald Trump — and whether that was a case of intentional bias.

The question came from Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), who was trying to refute the idea that Google is politically manipulating search results. “Right now, if you google the word ‘idiot’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. I just did that,” she said. “How would that happen?”

Pichai offered a long, general explanation of how Google search works:



Any time you type in a keyword, as Google we have gone out and crawled and stored copies of billions of [websites’] pages in our index. And we take the keyword and match it...
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Democratic Representative Zoe Lofgren asked Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on Tuesday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing why an image of President Trump comes up when she googles the word "idiot" in her smart phone. Pichai explains why. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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