Google Exploited Through Wikipedia During World Series For St. Louis Cardinals

Oct 29, 2013 - 8:46 am 34 by
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@Skitzzo shared a photo of a search he did on Google with me on Twitter showing just how vulnerable Google's Knowledge Graph is.

A search for the [St Louis Cardinals] yesterday afternoon brought up information in Google's Knowledge Graph sourced from Wikipedia. But Google indexed the Wikipedia content during the short period that the content was vandalized. For a few hours last night, Google showed the vandalized text while social media was sharing and mocking Google's search results.

Here is a picture:

Google Exploited Through Wikipedia During World Series For St. Louis Cardinals

This shows how potentially weak the knowledge graph can be. Especially during seasonal topic times, such as the World Series. A Boston Red Sox fan needed a computer and good timing to pull this off.

We know the knowledge graph is far from perfect. We've seen nude images, wrong marriages, and wrong pictures to name a few in the past. Here is one more to lighten up your day.

Forum discussion at Twitter.


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