Image of the Day: How would you define ‘pathological lying’

Image of the Day: How would you define ‘pathological lying’

A better question is how would the world’s number-one search engine define the term, and what prominent sufferer of that mental defect would be depicted in the searhc result as the proverbial poster child?

Although all that remains is the screen cap (below), for more than an hour last night beginnging around midnight, a Google search for the term pathological lying reportedly included not only a paragraph-long description of the disorder, with a link to the Wikipedia article on the same, but a picture of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton:

pathological-liar

When I first read about this, my initial response was to call shenanigans — to insist Clinton’s picture had been grafted onto the text blurb via Photoshop. Why, after all, would the extremely left-leaning Google want to insult the candidate it is in the bag for?

However,  Victor Morton of the Washington Examiner, provided a reasonable answer:

According to Google’s description of the featured snippet, “when we recognize that a query asks a question, we programmatically detect pages that answer the user’s question, and display a snippet as a featured snippet in the search results.”

In other words, it was the revenge once again of the machines.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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