Google engineer confirms manual manipulation of search results
Sundar Pichai's claim is, obviously, bullshit. He thought he was being clever by suggesting that google doesn't manually intervene in individual search results. Of course they don't. The request and response takes fractions of a second. No human is fast enough to do that.
What google does instead is set up rules that govern how search results are handled. Their search suggestions displayed while you type (autocomplete) are often missing obvious candidates for completion that show a partisan bias. There are lots of other ways they can mess with search results without manually altering every result that comes in. For example, they could be systematically training their algorithm to return fewer negative stories about Democrats because their developers don't want to read (or click on) negative stories about Democrats. Or systematically ranking right-leaning sites like Fox as having lower credibility than left-leaning sites like CNN or MSNBC.
This entry was published Tue Aug 13 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2019-08-13 06:47:22.0.