Google has been accused of disrespecting President Trump by using a bad portrait photograph in the carousel that is displaying when searching for "Presidents".
Google has been accused of disrespecting President Trump by using a bad portrait photograph in the carousel that is displaying for all Presidents. The portrait features Donald Trump sporting a rather smug face, which considering his achievements, might rightly be justified.
This is not the first time Google has been accused of bias against Trump. Dr. Robert Epstein, a Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, previously set out how the search auto-complete was returning positive search suggestions for Hillary Clinton despite an overwhelming number of searches being made for terms such as “Hillary Clinton is a liar.”
A full report on this bias can be found here and is certainly worth a read. In Google’s defense, Google does try to explain this by saying that “its search bar is programmed to avoid suggesting searches that portray people in a negative light,” but the argument on this particular point is beyond the scope of this article. The point is that this is not the first time that Google has been accused of bias.
The complaint about the Trump portrait was made in the Google forums by Eric Wileaver:
I want the picture of President Trump changed to a more appropriate picture. The picture, when I search presidents, is disrespectful to all of presidents before him. Please and thank you.
Currently, if you search for “Presidents” in Google search (as of this morning we were able to duplicate at “Google.com”) you will see a list of all the Presidents, along with their portrait as shown below:
A closer view of the portrait in question is actually from a Business Insider article discussing a list of 29 celebrities that support Trump, which by all standards is a positive article. While the image here has been used in a positive light, we note that it is not quite in-keeping with the other portraits used by Google.
What do you think? Is the image below un-presidential?
Do you think the portrait should be changed? Do you think Trump would want this portrait changed? Please let us know in the comments.
Editor’s opinion: We think the smug portrait is great, but we do think the official portrait should have been used.