Google is looking into complaints that its search function delivers results related to Donald Trump when users search for Adolf Hitler, Fox News reports.
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According to Fox, the search “When was Hitler born?” conducted last Friday generated not only the expected information on the Nazi dictator, but also a Donald Trump image and link.
The bizarre search result sparked robust online debate.
Google removed the image of Trump from the search result and informed Fox that it was looking into how the error could have occurred.
Observers speculate that the plethora of online items comparing the presumptive Republican presidential candidate to Hitler could be influencing Google’s search algorithms. A “Trump Hitler” Google search on Friday generated 25.7 million results.
It is not the first time that Google has produced search results connecting Trump and Hitler. A report last December said that the search engine generated an image of Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf” in response to an image search for Trump’s book “Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again."
Google was involved in another political controversy last week when the pop culture website SourceFeed reported that the search company's autocomplete function – which suggests typical searches while users are typing in their queries – favored presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Specifically, SourceFeed alleged that autocomplete results to searches about Clinton on Google were less critical of the candidate than the autocomplete results generated by Bing and Yahoo search engines for identical searches.
"Google Autocomplete does not favor any candidate or cause,” the company said in a statement. “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.”
Google explained in a blog post that autocomplete "isn’t an exact science Predictions are produced based on a number of factors including the popularity and freshness of search terms."