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points | 06.14.16

Questions about Google autocompl

Robyn Caplan


What the journalists from SourceFed may have stumbled upon was not an instance in which search results were intentionally being manipulated in favor of a candidate, but how algorithms can reflect complex jurisdictional issues and international policies that can, in turn, govern content.

Points/spheres: D&S researcher Robyn Caplan asks: What drives Google’s policy of “not show[ing] a predicted query that is offensive or disparaging when displayed in conjunction with a person’s name?”

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