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Google Buys Search Ad For Offensive Michelle Obama Image Result  (View post)

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

Monday, November 23, 2009
9 years ago6,238 views

<<If you search on for [Michelle Obama] in Google Image Search you will see a racist and offensive image of the first lady. We first reported this image back in ten days ago and then gave Google a hard time for removing the Obama result.

Well, the result is now back, hosted on a new site. But this time, Google bought a search ad explaining why the result is there and why Google cannot remove it:>>


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TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

They did the same for Google bombs.

Above 2 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

David Mulder [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

May I point out that there is no absolute way to know this is google's, especially as the google.com/resultsinfo page doesn't exists (or am I missing something obvious?)

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

The link in the ad actually takes you to this page:
google.com/resultsinfo.html

/pd [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

Google apologizes for results of 'Michelle Obama' image search

cnn.com/2009/TECH/11/25/google ...

JEShack [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

[UPDATE] "Michelle Obama 'racist' picture that is topping Google Images removed (by site owner)" and so as in Google search results

>>A blog hosting an offensive image of Michelle Obama with monkey features has removed it and posted an apology.<<

guardian.co.uk/technology/2009 ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #


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When I search Google Images for michelle obama now, I can see the original racist picture gone, but now Google prints the text:

"Related searches: michelle obama monkey"

Umakanthan [PersonRank 1]

9 years ago #

Yes , Same for me too ... more trouble for Google

Umakanthan [PersonRank 1]

9 years ago #

Also tried auto suggest feature , came up with


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DeSalvionjr [PersonRank 2]

9 years ago #

They have removed the alert

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

DeSalvionjr, I can still see it here... perhaps a change is being rolled out, or we're seeing different things due to personalization...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

several news websites have reported that this image has been removed, because they copied and pasted the article of the Guardian. I bet NONE of them even tried to search for Michelle Obama again. Because the image is still here, but not on the same host.


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Medias are stupid, Google is too proud to admit that his Google Images search algorithm has flaws, and hackers & SEO knows too well how to rank first on Google Images (hotlink, context, ...)

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

Newspaper cartoonists caricature public figures as animals all the time; I don't think this image is important enough for anyone to get worked up about.

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

The image is gone here, when searching on Google.com and Google.nl. But when I search with the English version I get "Related searches: michelle obama monkey" and after that "Related searches: michelle obama monkey pics".

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

google.com/insights/search/?hl ...

DeSalvionjr [PersonRank 2]

9 years ago #

yeah, I saw it yesterday, but it disappeared today...
I will try to find a google site that will still show it...

DeSalvionjr [PersonRank 2]

9 years ago #

UPDATE:
It still shows on google.cn, google.tk, google.ca, google.co.in... seems like all of them except google.com(US)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

Now I'm getting:

"Related searches: michelle obama ape"


blogoscoped.com/files/michelle ...



[Thanks Mathias Schindler!]

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

George Bush was depicted as a monkey thousands of times:

images.google.com/images?q=geo ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

Roger, I know, this image is actually even appearing in searches for [michelle obama ape].

Edit: I made some edits to the post to focus more on what I meant to focus on, namely Google's handling of the situation & their neutrality/ non-neutraliy in their algorithms, and not specifics of this content. For instance, I changed the first mention of "racist" in the post to "arguably racist".

Outraged in Philly [PersonRank 0]

9 years ago #

Amazingly enough they never did anything when it was Condy Rice featured as a chimp, a hooker, etc.

Guess you are only worth protecting if you're a Democrat.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

I think was most important – is that the google alog's are flawed!!

This brings me to think, are we all really getting gamed by Google . the consumer, markerter , online sales company and anyone who has a vested interest in using ADSENSE /ADWORDS!!

the core of Googles Biz model is in question!

Libran Lover [PersonRank 4]

9 years ago #

I agree. Google had no business putting disclaimers and modifying search results (if they did that!).

Mack [PersonRank 0]

9 years ago #

Google doesn't modify any of the generic search results including pictures.
The fact that they placed adwords on the image results for 'michelle obama monkey' was to educate folks on the reason why that image showed up. The suggestions for michelle obama monkey/ape is probably due to a large number of people searching for...wait for it... michelle obama monkey/ape! :)
Its all automated people and is controlled by us (the users) demands for certain search words.

justinf [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #


this is a prime example of the "Streisand Effect"...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisan ...

justinf [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

nsfw – do a search in images for

"condi rice ape"

Dan Tobias [PersonRank 6]

9 years ago #

Is the KKK actually a .com rather than a .org?

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