NEW YORK, NY – Google has bought some of its own ads to explain to users why a racist image of Michelle Obama is coming up.
Google is the number one search engine in the world. It uses a link analysis algorithm called “PageRank” to determine which results come up first for a search.
The exact math of the algorithm is kept secret, so Internet spammers and tricksters cannot manipulate the results.
However, a particularly offensive and racist image of First Lady Michelle Obama has become the first result for any Google Image searches for her name.
As such, Google has purchased its own ad space directly above the image to explain how this has happened: “Sometimes Google search results from the Internet can include disturbing content, even from innocuous queries. We assure you that the views expressed by such sites are not in any way endorsed by Google.”
“Individual citizens and public interest groups do periodically urge us to remove particular links or otherwise adjust search results. Although Google reserves the right to address such requests individually, Google views the integrity of our search results as an extremely important priority. Accordingly, we do not remove a page from our search results simply because its content is unpopular or because we receive complaints concerning it.”
Google had previously removed the same image from its search results when a different site was hosting it, as the site “violated Google’s guidelines by serving malware to visitors.” However, a new site hosting the image is within their guidelines.