You’ll Never Guess Who Is Showing Up As An “Idiot” On Google Images
How Reddit Is Changing The Word Idiot On Google
If you enter “idiot” into Google’s image search, then you might be surprised to find that nearly every picture that pops up is of the United States President Donald Trump. This, of course, is no accident.
It’s been reported that the cause of this is from a deliberate manipulation of Google’s algorithm, coming from a horde of Reddit protesters. Below is a screenshot of what exactly you'll see on Google images when you type the term in.
This all began back when protesters at Trump’s U.K. visit had started playing Green Day’s song “American Idiot”. Soon after, users of Reddit’s forums started upvoting a post that contained both the term “idiot” and a picture of President Trump’s face. The popularity of the two then told Google’s algorithm that the page was popular and therefore relevant to people searching the term “idiot”. It doesn’t help that popular and credible publications, such as Fortune and the Guardian are also writing about the trend, too.
Otherwise known as Google bombing, this simply happens because Google heavily qualifies things on the web as relevant, based on how popular they are. And this isn’t the first time this has happened. It first occurred in 1999, when “more evil than Satan himself” would bring up Microsoft’s website. It has also happened in 2004 when the search term “Jew” depicted a big-nose character. Again when “liar” showed results for British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s biography and in 2009 when the search for “Michelle Obama” presented the first lady’s face Photoshoped to look like an ape. And these are only a few of the times Reddit users have manipulated Google’s algorithm.
The “joke” of course will only run as long as those promoting the content continue to upvote and share the trend. Once people stop trying to game the system, then Google’s algorithm will start to find other pictures or websites more relevant to the term being searched. But if we had to pick a favorite Trump picture that’s popping up in the search, then it would have to be the one below from Techly, which we guess is supposed to resemble the pope. Either way, it looks pretty renaissance-esque in its depiction.
While Google does everything it can to constantly update its algorithm, the internet will be what it is and those taking the butt of the joke will just have to wait it out until the trolls have ceased trolling.
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