In the fight against fake news, even a search engine's autocomplete suggestions can create confusion. Google announced today that it's updating its autocomplete policies related to elections, adding that it will "remove predictions that could be interpreted as a claim about participation in the election" as well as "predictions that could be interpreted as claims for or against any candidate or political party." Things that sound like they might be claims about voting methods, requirements or status of voting locations will not be shown either. So if you type something like "You can vote by" or "you can't vote by" into the search box, autocomplete won't suggest finishing that statement with "phone." Similarly, if you enter "donate to," political parties or candidates should not show up as suggestions. You can still type "You can vote by phone" if you wish, or "donate to party candidate" and get those results.
Sep-10-2020, 19:41:45 GMT