Google has denied claims surfacing today that the company manipulated its autocomplete search suggestions in favor of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Google’s communications team issued this statement today:
“Google Autocomplete does not favor any candidate or cause. Claims to the contrary simply misunderstand how Autocomplete works. Our Autocomplete algorithm will not show a predicted query that is offensive or disparaging when displayed in conjunction with a person’s name. More generally, our autocomplete predictions are produced based on a number of factors including the popularity of search terms.”
The company later posted about the issue on its blog.
This is in response to a video from SourceFed that claims Google has altered the autocomplete suggestions to make Hillary Clinton look better.
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The Google statement comes about an hour after Matt Cutts, the former head of search spam at Google, who is currently still on leave from the company, posted a series of nine tweets calling the video’s claims false.
Here are those tweets:
Last week, Google denied favoring any candidate after other accusations of favoring Hillary Clinton. See our story about that: Google says it’s not deliberately filtering “Crooked Hillary” suggested search to favor Clinton.