Search suggestions on two other competing search engines, Yahoo! and Bing, also generate search suggestions in response to “BLM is “, some of which are negative.
While it can’t be independently verified by Breitbart News, some Twitter users reported that Google searches for “BLM is ” previously generated a similar list of search suggestions to DuckDuckGo, but that the list then mysteriously disappeared.
This story has echoes of the 2016 election, in which it was discovered that Google — in contrast to Bing and Yahoo — was
not generating negative search suggestions for the search term”Hillary Clinton,” despite the popularity of such searches among users.
At the time, Google defended itself by saying “our Autocomplete algorithm will not show a predicted query that is offensive or disparaging when displayed in conjunction with a person’s name.”
But negative search suggestions for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders
were generated by autocomplete in 2016. What’s more, BLM is not a “person’s name,” so that defense does not apply in this case.
In a statement to Breitbart News, Google did not comment on the specifics of this story, but said it has “systems” to prevent “potentially policy-violating predictions” from appearing.
Google neither confirmed nor denied whether negative search suggestions about Black Lives Matter were violations of policy.
“Autocomplete is a feature that saves you time by predicting the query you may be typing, and we have systems in place to prevent potentially
policy-violating predictions from appearing,” said a Google spokeswoman.
“Whether or not a prediction appears, you can still search for whatever you want on Google. We don’t and would never modify our products or enforce our policies in any way to promote or disadvantage any particular political ideology, viewpoint or candidate.”
Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News, where he has published material from whistleblowers inside Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
Bokhari’s upcoming book, #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election is currently available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.