Google autocomplete and the Tories
There's been a lot of conspiracy theorists yelling into their timelines this week, regarding Google's tax arrangements with the Conservative Party, and how the Tories come up in Google's autocomplete in searches.
If you missed the chat about this, basically, if you go to Google and tap in 'Labour are', or 'Lib Dems are', you'll get a variety of autosuggestions, such as 'finished', 'scum', 'a joke', and 'traitors'. If you tap in 'Tories are' or 'Conservatives are', you'll get... well... nothing!
Now, some people think that Google have done the Tory government a little favour, because they didn't bust their nuts trying to get a load of tax out of them. Basically, conspiracy theorists think that Google censored its search results to please a party who let them pay £130m in back taxes, instead of a larger amount.
Such is the fuss over this, Google have had to deny this is the case. A spokesperson for the internet giant spoke to the Guardian, saying that the company "can categorically state that tax is not remotely connected to this, nor are their ‘conspiracy theories’ founded in any way".
"Autocomplete predictions are produced based on a number of factors including the popularity of search terms." However, the company "do remove offensive or inappropriate content from autocomplete predictions."
So maybe, Tories are just better at getting offensive stuff removed from the autosuggested terms than the Lib Dems and Labour?
There are some online though, which aren't exactly nice to the Conservative Party. If you tap in 'the Conservative party is', you get offered 'your enemy'. There's also these, which were results today.
Anyway, whatever is going on here, there is actually a page where you can report offensive autocomplete results, if that's how you like spending your time. If you want to look at that, click here.