A Google search preview for the National Federation of Republican Women was displaying the organization’s title as the “National Federation of Republican Enablers,” the Daily Caller reported Saturday.
The National Federation of Republican Women is one of the largest national political groups in the nation and has tens of thousands of active members, according to its website.
When did this happen?
According to the Daily Caller, the name change appeared Friday night in a description on Google’s so-called “knowledge panel.”
The knowledge panel appears along the right side of search results for businesses and official organizations. A screenshot posted on the Daily Caller’s website showed the disparaging title in Google’s results.
The wording was yanked shortly after its article about the title was published, the news outlet stated.
Google blamed Wikipedia for the change, even though the Wikipedia page for the group contained so such description, according to the news outlet.
Wikipedia’s edit history showed such a change on Oct.19, when someone replaced the word “women” in the group’s title with “enablers.” That change appeared for about several hours on Wikipedia before it was corrected.
“Liberal writers and activists in recent months have attacked Republican women — and ‘white women’ in particular — as gender traitors in league with the patriarchy,” the Daily Caller stated.
“There are tens of millions of American women who believe in the Republican Party’s values of individual liberty, personal responsibility and limited government,” NFRW President Jody Rushton told Daily Caller in a statement. “The notion that women aren’t smart enough to think for themselves and have varying political views is not only offensive, but it’s also misogynistic.”
What else has happened?
Similar things have happened in the past.
In May, Google apologized after search results falsely stated the California Republican Party supports Nazism. Back then, Google said the party’s Wikipedia page was manipulated.
Google’s so-called fact-check feature has also targeted conservative outlets. For example, it has attributed false claims to them, even though it is easily verified that the claims were never made, the Daily Caller reported.
The Daily Caller stated that its investigation prompted Google in January got rid of the fact-check program.
In August, President Donald Trump accused Google of rigging search results so the most negative stories about him appear at the top.
Google responded with a written statement that said: “Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology.”