On Thursday Google came under intense scrutiny after an error was spotted in its Knowledge Panel describing the ideology of the California Republican Party.
According to Fox News, political strategist Eric Wilson discovered the error that along with ideologies such as “Conservatism,” “Market Liberalism,” “Fiscal Conservatism,” and “Green Conservatism,” the ideology of “Nazism” described the California Republican Party.
Vice News, which first broke the story, wrote that California voters who took to the polls less than a week ago found that when they searched for information on “California Republicans” or “California Republican Party” discovered that “Nazism” was placed next to their search engine results.
Wilson tweeted his concern with the labeling, saying “Google should apologize for labeling Republicans nazis.”
Google pulls information from a variety of sources from across the web. Some of those sites include Wikipedia, according to Fox News.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, quickly condemned the error from Google in a tweet, saying, “Sadly, this is just the latest incident in a disturbing trend to slander conservatives. These damaging actions must be held to account.”
A spokesman for Google said that the error was most likely the cause of vandalism on one of its sources, saying that “This was not the result of any manual change by anyone at Google. We don’t bias our search results toward any political party.
“Sometimes people vandalize public information sources, like Wikipedia, which can impact the information that appears in search,” the spokesman said through email.
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