Is Google manipulating its search results for Hillary Clinton?

According to popular pop-culture website and Youtube user SourceFed, the answer is a resounding yes.

In a video published on Youtube (a Google-owned site) on June 9, 2016, SourceFed's Matt Lieberman claims Google is suppressing and manipulating Autocomplete search results for key search terms that potential voters could be searching for.

Source Fed Hillary Clinton

What is Autocomplete? A suggestion when typing in search terms:

Hillary Clinton Google Results

  • Are people really searching for "Hillary Clinton India"?
Google's bias here is undeniable. But how did this happen? Who is responsible?

Hillary Clinton Google Scam

Google has since responded to the claims stating:

Google Autocomplete does not favor any candidate or cause. Claims to the contrary simply misunderstand how Autocomplete works.

Read the full response here. The video goes on to highlight deep links between former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and the Clinton campaign. The full video is below:



What does this show?

This latest Google scandal highlights the major influence the world's largest search engine yields. The results of searching on Google, or the absence of a result, are believed to be able to influence voters.

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