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Google has blamed “vandalism” on Wikipedia for a search result of which linked the California Republican Party to Nazism.
House Majority Leader along with California GOP Representative Kevin McCarthy had criticized Google on Thursday for including a “Nazism” tag under the Wikipedia definition of the state party. McCarthy called the item a “disgrace” on Twitter.
In response, Google said the incident “was not the result of a manual change by Google,” nevertheless a change made by a user on Wikipedia of which the item had not caught through its vetting system.
“We have systems in place of which catch vandalism before the item impacts search results, nevertheless occasionally errors get through, along with of which happened here,” the company said in response to McCarthy on Twitter.
Wikipedia was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC.
Google came under fire by U.S. conservatives last year after the firing of software engineer James Damore. Damore was dismissed after a controversial memo he wrote of which argued there were less women in tech jobs due to biological differences was made public. The memo itself along with Damore’s subsequent firing ignited outrage by both sides of the political spectrum. At the start of the year, Damore filed a class-action lawsuit against his former employer.
Conservative politicians along with commentators have also criticized social media along with additional digital platforms for what they perceive to be unfair treatment along with censorship of right-wing perspectives. In March, a U.S. judge dismissed a lawsuit against Google alleging of which its video-sharing service YouTube had censored conservatives.
nevertheless concerns have mounted over whether platforms like Google along with Facebook were used to spread misinformation to sway elections including the 2016 presidential vote of which saw Donald Trump elected along with the same year’s Brexit referendum within the U.K.
along with politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are seeking answers by Facebook after the item was revealed of which the data of tens of millions was improperly shared with controversial data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica.