Google 'idiot' and image of Trump shows up. Sundar Pichai explains why

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Dec 12, 2018, 04:45 PM(IST)

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Photograph:( AFP )

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In a public address to a group of mostly tech novices, Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Tuesday explained how the company's algorithm works to present results for its search engine.

In a public address to a group of mostly tech novices, Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Tuesday explained the company's algorithm that works behind curating data for its search results.

One of the many questions answered by the CEO was that why the search results for 'idiot' mostly showed pictures of US President Donald Trump.

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The CEO responded to this by explaining the technicalities of the search results. He explained that some 200 factors such as relevance, popularity and how others are using the search term were taken into considerations to present data results for the query.

A US lawmaker also asked Sundar Pichai that it's not a little man was sitting behind and operating on what would be shown to the users.

Pichai was also asked in the event that if he had ever ordered any of his employees to manipulate search results. 

To this, the CEO responded saying that it was impossible for one person, or even a group of people, to do that because there are so many steps in the process.

He explained that the results shown in the search engine were presented based on popular keywords and algorithm and are not at all intervened by humans.

 

 

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