As conservatives claim a potential bias against them from tech companies, a recent report of a Google search is adding more fuel to the fire.
Google Apologizes For Listing 'Nazism' As An Ideology For California Republicans
Republicans are outraged at Google because the search results for the term "California Republicans" listed "Nazism" as one of the ideologies of the party. Google removed the listing on May 31 after VICE News contacted them. It is uncertain how long Nazism was listed there on the searches.
Political strategist Eric Wilson first spotted the error, and he shared a screenshot of it on Twitter.
"It is disgraceful that the world's largest search engine has labeled millions of California Republicans as Nazis," said Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California.
Google listed "Nazism" under its panel on the upper right side of the search results. The information from that box is typically provided by Wikipedia, including most of the hyperlinks. However, there is no indication that "Nazism" appeared on the Wikipedia page for the California Republican Party.
A spokesperson from Google attributed the error to "vandalism" on the Wikipedia page for the California Republic Party. When vandalism does occur, there is a protocol at Google to stop it before the public sees it.
"This would have been fixed systematically once we processed the removal from Wikipedia, but when we noticed the vandalism, we worked quickly to accelerate this process to remove the erroneous information," the Google spokesperson wrote in a statement.
Conservatives Call Out Silicon Valley
Tech companies have been under fire by conservatives who say that Silicon Valley is biased against their political beliefs.
In March, Google had a lawsuit dismissed from a conservative YouTube channel that cited political bias. In April, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas criticized Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for reported discrimination against conservative commentators on the social media platform.
Last week, Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel asked Facebook and Twitter to be more transparent to prevent political bias on its platforms.
A Neo-Nazi Running As A Republican In California
Despite the Google search error, there is a Holocaust denier running for the United States Senate seat in the upcoming election. Patrick Little, who is running to "remove the Jews from power," polled at second place in April 2018.
He lists himself as a Republican. However, the California Republican Party booted him from its convention in May 2018.
If you search for "California Republicans" on Google, Google lists "Nazism" as one of the ideologies. pic.twitter.com/JblamxkyF7 — Eric Wilson (@ericwilson) May 31, 2018