Prankster vandals with a fine appreciation for animal traits may have taken it upon themselves Monday to update the Democrat logo on the Google results page for “Democratic Party”–from the tired old red, white, and blue donkey to a more suitable rat.
Search for “Democratic Party” in Google right now. pic.twitter.com/QDr7gKsQkZ
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) March 16, 2020
The apparent hack remained in place for at least 90 minutes before being corrected by Google’s emergency responders.
Interestingly, a Google spokesperson told Mashable that the Democrat Party has only themselves to blame because they hadn’t claimed their “Knowledge Panel,” an info box on the right side of the search results page that Google explains is “meant to help you get a quick snapshot of information on a topic based on Google’s understanding of available content on the web.”
“Most images in Knowledge Panels are automatically generated from pages on the web,” the spokesperson wrote in an emailed response. “When errors are reported, we fix them quickly. We encourage people and organizations to claim their Knowledge Panels, which allows them to select a representative image.”
It’s not known who may have manipulated the Knowledge Panel result, or if in fact it was some kind of random, algorithmic, karmic retribution for an incident in 2018 in which Nazism was listed on a Google Knowledge Panel as the ideology of the California Republican Party.
It’s easy to speculate that a growing number of online comments about Dem politicians may have influenced the great Googly Moogly behind the curtain to choose a more apropos symbol than the donkey to reveal enlightenment to those seeking wisdom and insight.
Did anyone catch this on google today? Notice the democratic mascot symbol is a rat, not a donkey! Apparently, patriots were having some fun. ? pic.twitter.com/S4kfqnTMUg
— ?TriggerWarning??? (@ChasinDRabbit) March 17, 2020
A few sample social media “rat” references out there, the likes of which could have swayed the algorithms (or is it possible that the Googly Moogly AI defected from the Democrat Party?)
— Ana Estrada (@Anacv78) March 17, 2020
I am through with the Democratic Party. I really mean it this time. I won’t belong to a club that doesn’t want people like me as members. I won’t belong to a club that doesn’t give a rat’s ass whether I live or die. I’m gone as soon as I vote for Bernie. #DNC #Bernie2020
— Jennifer Smith ⚘ (@SmitJennifer) March 17, 2020
Gillum is a psychopath just like the rest of the rats I declare the Democratic party a terrorists organization
— outdoor life (@intheswamp33) March 17, 2020
I prefer to catch COVID than to vote Biden this November.
My vote is invaluable. I deserve a better America.
If you did not see with disgust how these Democratic rats formed a coup to beat Bernie, then you never intended to #fight4Bernie like he has 4US the past 40 yrs.
— ????????????-??-?????????? (@sprinklesRus) March 16, 2020
…. well, it indeed was a HOAX … theyythe ones that wasted critical response time and money … so point your finger at Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi …. and you wonder why they’re called “Democ-RATS” ?
— flitetym (@flitetym) March 17, 2020
Democrat Politicians clearly do not have the welfare of the American People at heart, Schumer, the rat of the Senate and Pelosi, the dumbest Speaker of the House we have ever had, have no business in Politics, they are two people fill with hate who don’t care about Americans.
— Juan Gomez (@realswamprat) March 17, 2020
So whether it was a creative kid holed up in mom’s basement, a “white hat” drawing a Google paycheck as some apparently believe, or a crazy cosmic coincidence … the Dems had it right for a brief moment in time.
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