Googling "Flag GIF" Leads To Nazi Flags In Google Search

May 1, 2024 - 7:41 am 25 by
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If you search for [flag GIF] on Google, click on the "waving" refinement, you are taken to images of Nazi flags. I waited a full week to report on this, a full week from when Google acknowledged the issue and it is still an issue.

If you search for [flag gif], you will see a refinement to show you waving flags:

Google Nazi Flag Hack

If you click on "waiving" Google Search shows you Nazi flags:

Nazi Flag Waving Gif Google Search

This was posted on Mastodon on April 24th and Danny Sullivan, the Google Search Liaison, responded shortly after saying, "What!? Unintended Nazi! @dalebasler @bbartel Thank you for alerting me. I'm having it reviewed why this is happening now."

That was a week ago and it is still there.

Here is a GIF of this in action:

Nazi Flag Waving Gif Google Search

From an SEO perspective, I wonder how this happened???

Forum discussion at Mastodon.

Update: The morning after I reported on this, the issue was fixed:

 

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