- Photos of Donald Trump first popped up in Google image searches for “idiot” after British protesters tried to make Green Day’s “American Idiot” trend when Trump visited the UK.
- The US president’s critics are now trying to continue this trend by publishing articles and images of him alongside the word “idiot.”
- This tactic is also called “Google bombing.”
- Google closely guards its search algorithm, but the protesters’ current efforts seem to be working.
Anti-Trump activists are gaming Google’s algorithm so that when people search for “idiot,” almost all of the top results are pictures of Donald Trump.
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“The beliefs and preferences of those who work at Google, as well as the opinions of the general public, do not determine or impact our search results.”
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