RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Google has apologized to a North Carolina lawmaker after a search for her picture turned up an old photo with the word “bigot” superimposed over the image.
Multiple news sources report the image of state Sen. Trudy Wade with the word in red letters at the bottom of the photo was taken down on Friday.
We apologize to Senator Wade that this image appeared in the Knowledge Panel in Search. Images that appear in the Knowledge Panel are either selected by verified users or are automatically sourced from sites across the web.— Google Communications (@Google_Comms) June 2, 2018
A tweet from Google said images that appear in its Knowledge Panel are either selected by verified users or are automatically sourced from sites across the internet.
Earlier in the week, Google blamed Wikipedia for search results that said the ideology of the California Republican Party included “Nazism.” Results were seen in a Google information box screen-captured by Vice News on Thursday. Vice also reported on the Wade photo.