An investigative video produced by news and pop culture website SourceFed went viral early last week over alleged Google search suggestions favoring US presidential candidate.
Drawing a million views and comments over social media, the seven-minute long video accused search engine Google for manipulating autocomplete suggestions favoring Democratic Presidential bet Hillary Clinton, showing examples that differed from other search giant competitors Yahoo and Bing.
The video shows positive autocomplete suggestions for Clinton, for instance, typing “Hillary Clinton Cri” it will laid to “Hillary Clinton Crime program” instead of “crimes” only.
In comparison, the video also noted that typing “Donald Trump rac” the result will be “racist” also for “Bernie Sanders soc” yield to “socialist”.
The published video, was defended by SourceFed’s Mart Lieberman, saying that the intention was clear, Google are trying to burying potential searches that could hurt Hillary Clinton in the primary elections in recommendations on their site.
Known for accusing the media over biased coverage, presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump also weighed in the viral video.
“If this is true, it would be a disgrace that Google do that. Very, very dishonest” said Trump in a statement sent to Business Insider.
Furthermore, Trump also call Google to let it float and flow and let the people see how “crooked” his presidential competitors.
Meanwhile, Google already denied the allegation of tipping the scales towards Clinton, political figure or any matter in a statement released to Washington Times.
On his Friday blog post, Tamar Yehoshua, Google vice president for product management, explained that the auto complete algorithm are designed to avoid completing search for person’s name having terms that are offensive and disparaging.
He also emphasized that the algorithm is not an exact science and the results may change frequently.
SourceFed also published a follow up video to explain the thought process behind ther claims and original accusation and even defended the results.