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Is Google The Gayest Search Engine Ever? Sorta

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What happens almost every time you type in someone’s name in Google search? It’s usually followed by “John Smith gay” or “John Smith boyfriend”. So why does Google *or at least their search engine) think the majority of the population is gay? More than likely it’s due to the percentage of people that look up that phrase but is there something else to this? Here’s more:

Sick of seeing people throw around the word “gay” as a synonym for “bad”? You might want to stay away from Google then.

The widely used search engine apparently equates the word “gayest” with the word “worst”: search for the former, and the latter will pop up in results. This phenomenon, most recently reported by Buzzfeed on Wednesday, has apparently been going on for a while. The fact that Google equates words with other, similar words in its search processes is pretty well-known — search for “photographs,” for instance, and you’ll get results containing the words “photograph” and “photographer.”

Read the whole story at BuzzFeed here.

However, sometimes Google’s algorithm does not quite get it right. For a long time,the words “vegetarian” and “vegan” were equated, leading to irritated user complaints on the product forums. Same with the words “gay” and “fag.” What’s interesting is Google’s refusal to manually correct the algorithm’s equations. When Buzzfeed asked Google to comment on the misstep, Google responded: “These results are determined by algorithms and we don’t manually correct this process.” In other words, removing an equivalency, no matter how homophobic, is a no-go.

Honestly I don’t think this is a big deal because I keep sayong to myself whats wrong with anyone thinking someone’s gay? Even if it’s not true it should bee of no consequence to anyone. Then had the sobering thought of the society we live in that is still prejudiced. Though this whole thing doesn’t signify anything other than simple curiosity.

Sly

Sly Merritt has a BA in psychology/sociology. MA in clinical psychology. He's a flip flop wearing hippy with a peaceloving mindset. Even pacifists like him know when it's time to do all we can for LGBTQ equality. Sly's views are all opinions not advice.

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