Google pops-up Trump on the term "Idiot"
The latest buzz is that Google
throws pictures of US president Donald Trump on the
term idiot in image search results.
The word Idiot is being Googled
now for more than a million times and also the number
one searched word in the USA. You may wonder why?
A congressional grilling session
with Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai took place, in which
Pichai had to explain the link between idiot and Trump.
Pichai was further asked if the
act was intentional and politically manipulated move.
However, Pichai clearly denied and explained the reason
Google doesn’t run by one little
man behind the curtains deciding what to show the
users. Google has crawled and stored billion of website
pages in the index and when a keyword is typed in the
search box, the word is matched against the stored
pages and rank them based on more than 200 signals,
some of which are relevance, popularity, newness, how
people are searching it. Based on which, the best
results for the query are obtained. Further, the
results are evaluated by external rankers to make sure
the process is functioning. Pichai made it clear that
there is no manual intervention with any of the search
The term ‘Idiot’ had, apparently,
surfaced the internet with the pictures of President
Trump in early 2018. Some believe the British
protestors attempted to push Green Day’s song American
Idiot to the top charts when Trump was to fly down in
the UK for a Presidential visit.
Users across Reddit had posts
with Trump touted as Idiot, which manipulated the
search database. This tactic is also called Google
bombing. However, Trump is not the first US President
to be attached to a tag. In 2003, the term "miserable
failure" popped pictures of President George W Bush.