Scott Greer, DCNF
Google labeled Republican North Carolina state Sen. Trudy Wade as a “bigot” in its “knowledge panel” for the pro-Trump lawmaker.
According to Vice News Friday, searching for Wade on Google would show users an image of the state senator with “BIGOT” in bright red letters displayed at the bottom.
Google is labeling Trump-supporting Republican state senator a “BIGOT” https://t.co/XFKNb1gtuC
— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) June 1, 2018
Wade is currently in a tough reelection battle. It’s likely not helpful for her campaign to have the image as one of the first things voters would see if they Google her.
Google did not respond to Vice’s request for comment on the matter, but the tech giant did take down the image from Wade’s knowledge panel after the article’s publication.
This is not the first time concerns have been raised about the information displayed in Google’s knowledge boxes. On Thursday, Vice reported “Nazism” was listed as the primary ideology for the California Republican Party in the box at top-right corner of its Google search result.
The tech company blamed the problem on people “vandalizing public information sources, like Wikipedia, which can impact the information that appears in search” in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
In January, TheDCNF reported how the knowledge panel’s fact-check features pretty much only targets conservative websites, such as The Daily Caller. Prominent left-wing outlets such as Vox are spared of this treatment.