Big question to Google CEO - Why when I search ‘idiot’ do I get pictures of Trump?

Why when I search ‘idiot’ do I get pictures of Trump?  Big question to Google CEO from Congresswomen.

[Google is now in the congressional spotlight as CEO Sundar Pichai testifies on Capitol Hill]



A Democratic congresswoman asked the tech company’s chief executive a simple question to understand how Google search algorithms work :

 “If you Google the word ‘idiot' under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. How would that happen? How does search work so that ,that would occur?”

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who was testifying Tuesday morning before the House Judiciary Committee, tried to explain to the roomful of mostly tech novices " how the algorithms take into account some 200 factors - such as  popularity,relevance, etc- to determine the best match of a query with results by google search engine.

“So it’s not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what we’re going to show the user. It’s basically a compilation of what users are generating, and trying to sort through that information?” Lofgren asked, facetiously.

 Allegations that Google employees manipulate results for political reasons , Lofgren was reacting to Republicans'. The hearing mostly revealed lawmakers' elementary understanding of how the Internet works and provided a platform for them to complain about un-favorable google search results.

In one exchange,  Lamar Smith asked Pichai whether he had ever directed an employee to manipulate search results. Pichai explained that it’s not possible for one person, or even a group of people, to do that because there are so many steps involved in this complicated process.

Pichai told, Smith did not agree with this explanation and says that humans can manipulate the process.

“Congressman, I understand the frustration of seeing negative news, and, you know, I see it on me,” Pichai offered. “What is important here is we use the robust methodology to reflect what is being said about any given topic at any particular time. And we try to do it objectively, using a set of rubrics. It is in our interest to make sure we reflect what’s happening out there in the best objective manner possible. I can commit to you, and I can assure you, we do it without regards to political ideology. Our algorithms have no notion of political sentiment in it.”

Chabot told Pichai that conservatives believe Google is “picking winners and losers in political discourse.”

One Democratic lawmaker had a blunt message for his Republicans complaining about Google searches.

“If you want positive search results, do positive things. If you don’t want negative search results, don’t do negative things,” said Rep. Ted Lieu (Cali.). “And to some of my colleagues across the aisle, if you’re getting bad press articles and bad search results, don’t blame Google or Facebook or Twitter, consider blaming yourself.”

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