Another Insulting Algorithmic Search Result from Google

Jul 10, 2008 • 5:57 pm | comments (11) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Today we have Google ranking a swastika on Google Trends due to a Google's "machines and algorithms." And now we have Google offering a related search phrase for a Google images search on special people. The related search displayed is "retards." Here is an image:

Google Retard

Yes, I know related searches are based on algorithms of how people use Google, but some (those who don't know how search engines work) might be really insulted by this interpretation of [special people].

Google has actually instituted fresher and more frequent related searches, so maybe this is why it is showing up.

I do not blame Google for showing this result, I do however blame Google for not placing a quick link to what "related searches" are - so that the average searcher would click it, read it, and then possibly understand.

Forum discussion at Search Engine Roundtable Forums and hat tip.

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