SourceFed reports that Google May Have Altered Autocomplete search recommendations for HIllary Clinton

Is Google Manipulating Searches on Hillary Clinton's Crimes?

SourceFed has discovered that Google appears to have manipulated search results for searches on:

  • Hillary Clinton Crimes
  • Hillary Clinton Indictment

SourceFed compared autocompletes on Hillary Clinton cri . .  and Hillary Clinton ind . . . on Google, Bing, and Yahoo.  

As the video shows, the results on Google resulted in terms that were harmless or even flattering to Clinton, such as "Hillary Clinton Crime Reform."  But the public is clearly searching for "Hillary Clinton Crimes" far more frequently as is seen from comparable searches on Bing, Yahoo, and even Google's own search analytics.

This manipulation of results is, as SourceFed points out, deeply disturbing.  Writing in Politico, research psychologist Robert Epstein reports,

Research I have been directing in recent years suggests that Google, Inc., has amassed far more power to control elections—indeed, to control a wide variety of opinions and beliefs—than any company in history has ever had. Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups—with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated, according to experiments I conducted recently with Ronald E. Robertson.

Given that many elections are won by small margins, this gives Google the power, right now, to flip upwards of 25 percent of the national elections worldwide. In the United States, half of our presidential elections have been won by margins under 7.6 percent, and the 2012 election was won by a margin of only 3.9 percent—well within Google’s control. 

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