As VICE News reported earlier Thursday, a Google search for “California Republican Party” resulted in Google listing “Nazism” as the “ideology” of the party. This happened because of Google’s “Featured Snippets” tool, which pulls basic information for search terms and puts it on the front page. These are also sometimes called “Google Cards” and “knowledge panels.”
The information on these cards is often taken from Wikipedia entries, which is what seems to have happened here. Six days ago, someone edited the Wikipedia page for “California Republican Party” to include “Nazism,” something that wasn’t changed until Wednesday, Wikipedia’s edit logs show. Google’s artificial intelligence pulled that data, displayed it under search, and now Republicans have more ammo in their ongoing Google-is-biased crusade.
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