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Google Briefly Lists Neil Gorsuch as ‘World Renowned Lib Owner’

Neil Gorsuch
The Associated Press

Google briefly described Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as a “world renowned lib owner,” after prank edits to Gorsuch’s Wikipedia page made their way into Google search results.

The description appeared in Google’s “knowledge panel” on the Supreme Court Justice, which appears at the top of Google search results for prominent figures, organizations, and topics.

The description appears to be the result of a prank Wikipedia edit by a conservative writer. The edit followed a recent string of high-profile Supreme Court decisions that hinged on Gorsuch’s vote and, well, owned the libs.

These include a 5-4 ruling in favor of President Trump’s travel ban, a 5-4 ruling that pro-life pregnancy centers don’t have to advertise abortion, a 5-4 ruling that public sector unions can’t force workers to pay them contributions, and a 5-4 ruling in favor of the state of Texas in a redistricting battle. Gorsuch voted with the majority in all four cases, which led to the Wikipedia edits.

Although this time the edits were “just a prank, bro,” they further expose the fundamental problem of Google and other platforms relying on Wikipedia for reliable information.

In the past, more malevolent edits to Wikipedia have led to Google identifying “Nazism” as an official ideology of the California Republican party in the top line of its search results. The search engine’s “automatic sourcing” of content for its knowledge panels also led to it displaying an image labeled “BIGOT” in the top line of search results for a Republican state senator.

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. You can follow him on TwitterGab.ai and add him on Facebook. Email tips and suggestions to allumbokhari@protonmail.com.

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