Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. , says it does not favor any political candidate. This statement comes in response to a video on YouTube claiming that the search engine giant manipulating its predicted-searches function to favor Hillary Clinton. The video, posted by SourceFed on Thursday, alleges that the search engine company is biased toward Mrs. Clinton and removed negative suggestions from Google autocomplete, The Wall Street Journal reported.
In its video, SourceFed, owned by Discovery Communications, pointed out that typing “Hillary Clinton cri” into a Google search box suggested queries related to crime reform, crisis, and a crime bill. It didn’t include the suggested search “Hillary Clinton crimes.”
A person familiar with Google search engine told the publication that the word “crimes” is included in the list of offensive terms. These suggested queries are produced from a number of factors beyond the popularity of searches.
“Google Autocomplete does not favor any candidate or cause. Claims to the contrary simply misunderstand how autocomplete works. Our autocomplete algorithm will not show a predicted query that is offensive or disparaging when displayed in conjunction with a person’s name. More generally, our autocomplete predictions are produced based on a number of factors including the popularity of search terms,” the search company said in a statement.
According to SourceFed, typing “Hillary Clinton ind” in Google shows India and Indiana but not the word “indictment”. This term refers to potential legal outcomes of her use of a private email server while secretary of state.
The SourceFed video is “simply false,” responded Google executive Matt Cutts on Twitter.
Last month, Facebook had to change trending topics feature selection technology after reports that the social network was biased against conservatives.
First Google Tango Phone
In other Google news, Lenovo recently unveiled the much-anticipated smartphone based on Google’s Tango, which lets the smartphone sense and map its surroundings. The PHAB2 Pro is world’s first Tango-enabled smartphone, which will bring augmented reality (AR) to the smartphones. Johnny Lee, Engineering Director at Google, said Tango enables devices to sense physical motion and space. This will changing “how we interact with our surroundings.” PHAB2 Pro is also the first Lenovo-branded phone to be sold in the U.S.
Alphabet Missing Massive Opportunity in YouTube
Alphabet Inc. , the parent company of Google, is worth much more than you think and it is not about its $494 billion market cap. Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner seems to think that YouTube, the online video streaming platform that Alphabet owns, is worth between $67 billion and $86 billion. Of course, no one knows when Google plans to spin off YouTube into a standalone firm; however, adding the lowest/highest price tag of YouTube to the market cap of Google’s parent firm could make a whole lot of difference its share price.
Speculations about the true worth of YouTube started making the rounds late last year and it seems that Wall Street has started paying attention. Alphabet Inc. doesn’t provide data on YouTube’s metrics during its earnings report but it noted that viewing time on YouTube climbed by 60% year-over-year in 2015.