Google’s chief executive officer, Sundar Pichai has explained why the pictures of United States president, Donald Trump, pop up on Google Images when people search the term “idiot”.
Pichai explained this while fielding questions in a session with the country’s House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren had asked Pichai: “How would that happen? How does search work so that that would occur?”
Pichai responded by explaining that Google has a search algorithm that collates data from billions of web pages.
“Any time you type in a keyword, as Google we have gone out and crawled and stored copies of billions of (website) pages in our index. And we take the keyword and match it against their pages and rank them based on over 200 signals — things like relevance, freshness, popularity, how other people are using it.
“And based on that, at any given time, we try to rank and find the best search results for that query. And then we evaluate them with external raters, and they evaluate it to objective guidelines. And that’s how we make sure the process is working,” he said.
Meanwhile, the word “idiot” has been searched for more than one million times, following testimony typing it into Google Images threw up pictures of President Trump. According to Google Trends, “idiot” is currently the number one most searched for term in the US.
The link between the term “idiot” and pictures of President Trump emerged earlier this year, with some linking it to the fact British protesters had pushed Green Day’s song American Idiot to the top of the UK charts during a presidential visit in July.