Google search showed ‘Nazism’ as a California Republican Party ideology

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    Google insists the listing wasn’t put in place by a human but instead was a result of vandalized public information sources getting through systems meant to catch them. The information included in Google’s knowledge panels, like the one listing Nazism as an ideology of the California Republican Party, comes from public sources such as Wikipedia. “Sometimes people vandalize public information sources like Wikipedia, which can impact the information that appears in search,” a Google spokesperson told Engadget. “We have systems in place that catch vandalism before it impacts search results, but occasionally errors get through, and that’s what happened here. This would have been fixed systematically once we processed the removal from Wikipedia, but when we noticed the vandalism we worked quickly to accelerate this process to remove the erroneous information.”

    “It is libelous and Wikipedia and Google should take more ownership of what is published on their sites, since both companies just said 5 million Californians support Nazism,” Cynthia Bryant, executive director of the California Republican Party, told Vice News. “It is unfortunate, but is unlikely to affect the election because anyone with common sense knows we don’t support Nazism.”

    California has had two candidates expressing anti-Semitic and racist views run as Republicans this year. The California Republican Party recently condemned 11th District candidate John Fitzgerald with the party’s chairman, Jim Brulte, saying, “Tonight, the California Republican Party’s board of directors took swift and decisive action to eliminate any support for John Fitzgerald due to anti-Semitic comments he made recently — those views have no home in the Republican Party. As always, California Republicans reject anti-Semitism, and all forms of religious bigotry, in the harshest terms possible. We reject John Fitzgerald’s campaign and encourage all voters to do the same.” Earlier this month, the party banned neo-Nazi Senate candidate Patrick Little from its state convention. “There’s no room for that kind of hate speech that that man uses,” said Bryant at the time.

    Other anti-Semitic candidates running for office as Republicans include Arthur Jones in Illinois and Paul Nehlen in Wisconsin.

    Google’s Nazism listing is already renewing concerns that tech companies are silencing conservative views. “It is disgraceful that the world’s largest search engine has labeled millions of California Republicans as Nazis,” Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Vice News. “This is just the latest incident in a disturbing trend to slander conservatives. These damaging actions must be held to account. The bias has to stop.”

    View the original article: https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/31/google-search-nazism-california-republican-party-ideology/

    Image: Google via Vice News

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