US President Barack Obama’s presidential rival might be the right choice for Americans, but he’s not OK for Google Images.
Why? Yesterday any search for ‘completely wrong’ yielded US presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s images. A Google spokesman said the gallery of photos is the unintentional result of normal Google analytics, which produce images associated with popular phrases in news headlines and search terms, and not the result of any effort to skew the results.
In this case, Google’s algorithms picked up on news coverage of Romney saying last week he was ‘completely wrong’ when he made controversial statements last spring that 47 per cent of Americans were ‘victims’ and dependent on government.
Romney took some political heat for the original comments, which were captured by a hidden camera at a private fundraiser in May and made public last month.
Other famous victims
Fellow Republican Rick Santorum was also subjected to an unfortunate search result earlier this year, when searches for his last name yielded SpreadingSantorum.com, a site defining Santorum as something that happens after a specific sexual activity.
In the mid 2000s, George Bush found himself a victim of a ‘Google bomb’. For many years, Internet users who typed ‘miserable failure’ into Google were directed to the former US President’s official biography.
Other famous names to have fallen victim to Google bombs include former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.