Because of its reliance on info from Wikipedia, the highest Google search outcome for “chief of the free world” shouldn’t be the President of the US, with whom the time period is generally related, however crisis-engulfed German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Searches for the time period at the moment return an image of Merkel as the highest outcome, and two hyperlinks to the Wikipedia web page on “free world.” Instantly following these outcomes is a CNN opinion piece stating that President Trump is “now not chief of the free world.”
The highest outcome scrapes info from Wikipedia, which notes that the English-language institution media has more and more used the time period “chief of the free world” in reference to Chancellor Merkel. That is true — though it says extra in regards to the media’s bias than it does about Merkel, whose lengthy dominance over German politics seems to be on the verge of breakdown.
The Wikipedia web page additionally notes that German commentators, in addition to a number one member of Merkel’s personal political social gathering, have largely disagreed with the western media’s evaluation and that Merkel herself has “rejected the concept as absurd.” Unusually, none of that info made it to the Google outcomes.
Google’s dependence on info from Wikipedia to populate the highest of its search outcomes has landed the corporate in bother with Republican politicians within the U.S. after it resulted within the California GOP being smeared as a “Nazi” social gathering within the prime results of Google searches. Following this incident, a conservative activist demonstrated how straightforward it was to recreation Google’s search outcomes once they efficiently listed Supreme Court docket Justice Neil Gorsuch as a “world-renowned lib proprietor” in search outcomes. (“Personal” is web slang for the domination or humiliation of an opponent.)
Now Wikipedia has inadvertently introduced Google with a diplomatic conundrum. Do they modify the search outcomes, and threat offending the Germans (maybe not an excessive amount of, seeing as Merkel has already rejected the “chief of the free world” title). Or do they maintain the search outcomes as they’re, and threat the wrath of the president and his supporters? (In addition to additional confirming the corporate’s left-wing bias.)
Breitbart Information has reached out to Google for remark.