[Ed. – Somehow one gets the sense that if tying in idiot had called up a picture of Barack Obama, Pichai’s team would have gotten busy correcting the “error.”]
Asked how an image search for the word “idiot” produced pictures of President Donald Trump, Google CEO Sundar Pichai defended his company’s search results at a House hearing on Tuesday.
Democrat Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) told Pichai that she had just performed a Google image search for “idiot,” which produced a picture of Pres. Trump, and asked why that happened. …
Pichai explained that Google’s analytical process “tried to rank and find the best results for that query,” which were then evaluated by the company’s “external rankers”:
“We provide search for any time you type in a keyword. We, as Google, we have crawled, we have gone out and crawled and stored copies of billions of pages in our index and we take the keyword and match it against the pages and grant them based on our 200 signals; things like relevance, freshness, popularity, how other people are using it, and based on that, you know, at any given time, we tried to rank and find the best results for that query.