Google CEO Sundar Pichai explained at a congressional hearing how Google searches work and why pictures of Trump appear in search results for the word "idiot". "He could never really explain why so many results of internet searches were in fact slanted against conservatives or Republicans or the President or the Vice President", Smith said during his appearance on Breitbart News Daily on Thursday.
While Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee grilled Pichai on what they perceive as bias against conservatives, top committee Democrat Jerrold Nadler said lawmakers should instead examine issues such as the spread of misinformation online and Russians' efforts to influence USA elections online.
According to Sundar Pichai, Google's CEO "search results are based on crawling content of web pages".
Assuming Pichai was completely honest and transparent in his answers, it's those "200 signals" that determine what we see in a given set of search results.
Unfortunately, Lee's lofty price predictions have fallen short, and given the current market situation, it is impossible to reach Lee's year-end target. The link between this word and google search results was one of the crucial topics of the hearing. Lofgren asked before stating that she believes that "it's important to talk about how search works".
According to Google Trends, "idiot" is now the number one most searched for term in the US.
This is to avoid people and companies being able to trick the system to climb the Google rankings.
Pichai went to Washington later in September to mend fences, meeting with some two dozen Republicans and indicating he also planned to meet with Democrats. "But if it's not free speech, why do they get a free pass on protection against libel, for example?" he asked, urging Americans to view the questions and answers from the hearing.
Despite the media hype, the practice of "Google bombing" is nothing new and has always been used by outside parties familiar with Google's search patterns. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, at one point held up his iPhone and demanded to know whether Google would detect if he walked across the hearing room and sat among the Democratic lawmakers.
The word "idiot" was the most-searched term on Tuesday with more than 1 million searches, according to Google Trends. "I think tech has to realise it just can't build it, and then fix it", Pichai said.
The company has denied any political bias, and there's no evidence of an anti-conservative tilt.