June 1, 2018
Google found itself in hot water on Thursday after a search listed ‘Nazism’ as California Republican Party’s ideology.
The error was listed in the ‘Knowledge Panel’ section of the search, followed by other ideologies like Conservatism, Market liberalism, Fiscal conservatism and Green conservatism.
Political strategist Eric Wilson was the first person to spot the mistake and share a screenshot of the search on Twitter, which was picked up by Vice News.
Wilson later tweeted that ‘Google should apologize for labeling Republicans nazis.’
Google’s ‘Knowledge Panel’ draws facts about any given subject from various sources, such as Wikipedia, which is crowd-sourced.
Google has since entirely removed the ‘Ideology’ category from the California Republican Party’s ‘Knowledge Panel.’
But California Democratic Party’s search page stills lists its ideologies, among them Social liberalism, Modern liberalism and Progressivism.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California who could soon replace outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan, lashed out at Google in a tweet this afternoon, calling the snafu a ‘disgrace.’
This article was posted: Friday, June 1, 2018 at 6:36 am