Wondering what happened to the dinosaurs? Probably best not to ask Google if you’re looking for an evolution-based answer.
Previously reported on Motherboard.com, a Google search for “what happened to dinosaurs” will deliver a direct answer with content pulled from a religiously-affiliated website offering up the following:
Dinosaurs are used more than almost anything else to indoctrinate children and adults in the idea of millions of years of earth history. However, the Bible gives us a framework for explaining dinosaurs in terms of thousands of years of history, including the mystery of when they lived and what happened to them.
According to the report on Motherboard, the query “what happened to the dinosaurs” delivered the questionable direct answer. Now, if you do the same search, the direct answer has been removed; but, if you do a slightly different version of the search – “what happened to dinosaurs” with the word ‘the’ removed – you still get the creationist-inspired direct answer.
Search queries of a similar nature – for example, “why did the dinosaurs die” or “what killed the dinosaurs” – do deliver a more scientific-based direct answer as shown here:
Last November, we covered a similar issue, showing how a Google search for “King of United States” delivered the following direct answer: “All Hail King Barack Obama, Emperor Of The United States Of America!” – content that was extracted from Breitbart.com, a website known for its politically-conservative commentaries.
It’s worth noting in cases like this, where Google’s direct answer does not reflect the most accurate response, the content has not been reviewed by an actual person, but instead, automatically pulled from a website.