Google is removing search suggestions about candidates and voting


Google’s autocomplete feature tries to guess what someone is searching for based on what they have typed so far. It is based on factors such as popularity and what other people have already discovered.

On Thursday, the tech giant said it would remove suggestions that could be seen as supporting or opposing political parties and candidates. It will also eliminate autocomplete predictions related to information related to participation in elections, such as voting methods, requirements or the status of ballot seats. For example, phrases such as “You can vote by phone” or “You cannot vote by phone” will not appear autocomplete.

However, even though such phrases will not be auto-populated, people can search for any phrase they want and see those results.

The move comes as Facebook, Twitter and other tech giants attempt to gain control of misinformation ahead of the November 2012 election.

Google’s senior director, David Graff, said, “We want to be very careful about the type of information that we uncover in the search feature. Policy and Standards, in an online program with journalists.

Graff said that seemingly intuitive suggestions could result from policy changes, but that the company would like to try to use caution. “We really want to stop bad information … from surfacing in a feature like autocomplete,” he said.

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