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GOP NC state senator fires back after being shown as a ‘bigot’ in controversial Google image

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GOP senator targeted by the search results of Google

Senator was labeled as a bigot in the search results.

The North Carolina Republican lawmaker, whose Google results Friday provided a photo of her with the word “bigot” across the bottom, fired back on Saturday, saying the tech company’s apology “sounded a little hollow.”

State Sen. Trudy Wade released a statement on its website Saturday about the “Google firestorm,” saying that while “I appreciate Google belated apologies, if I’m completely honest it was a little hollow.”

A photo of North Carolina State Senator Trudy Wade appeared in Google’s Knowledge Panel with the word “bigot” written across the bottom.

The controversial image that appeared on the right side of the page, reported by Vice News, showed the word “bigot” written in large red letters under Wade’s headshot. The image result was later removed, as a search of Wade’s name was only provided on its website, some brief background information, and her party affiliation.

The photo was later removed from the search engine results.

Wade, in the statement said that after the controversial picture was discovered, an assistant asked Google to remove the photo. “They said to find and contact the original author of the photo, and the post continued,” the legislator explained.

Wade claimed that “only after the Drudge Report posted to a national audience, and it began to go viral on social media, Google has to do what is right.”

GOOGLE LISTS GOP NC STATE SENATOR AS A ‘BIGOT’ IN CONTROVERSIAL PICTURE

Google Communication’ tweeted last night, in response to Vice News’ story, to apologize to Wade, and adding that “the Images that are displayed in the Knowledge Panel to be either elected by authenticated users, or automatically derived from sites on the web.”

We offer our apologies to Senator Wade that this photo appeared in the Knowledge Panel in search results. Images that are displayed in the Knowledge Panel to be either elected by authenticated users, or automatically derived from sites on the web.

— Google Communications (@Google_Comms) June 2, 2018

We encourage individuals with a Knowledge Panel to get verified to select their own image, that may help prevent this in the future. To check, click the link below, your Knowledge Panel.

— Google Communications (@Google_Comms) June 2, 2018

“In this case, the image was hosted on a student news blog. After being alerted to this issue, we immediately removed from the Knowledge Panel,” the continuation of the company. “We recommend that people with a Knowledge Panel to get verified to select their own image, that may help prevent this in the future. To check, click the link below, your Knowledge on the window.”

A Google spokesman told Fox News Friday that when they are informed about the problems, such as Wade’s, they “quickly to solve the problem, as in this case.”

The company added that, in this case, Wade’s panel was not verified, and Google does not have a request for the action.

Google did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Saturday.

Wade represents North Carolina’s 27th district and has held the position since 2013, according to its website.

The North Carolina State Sen. Trudy Wade, seen in January 2018, watches as students sign on to computers in a new technology lab.

(Laura Greene/The High Point Enterprise via AP)

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The state lawmaker said Saturday that Google’s alleged response was “disturbing” considering a similar problem, they had only a day earlier.

On Thursday, an error in the Google search results “Nazism” as the ideology of the California Republican y. The error, which was first spotted by political strategist Eric Wilson, stated “Nazism” in addition to other ideologies such as “Conservatism,” “Market liberalism,” “Fiscal conservatism,” and “Green conservatism.”

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Google results show Republican ideology as ‘Nazism’

The mistake was later fixed. A Google spokesman told Fox News that was probably the result of vandalism on one of the sources.

In her statement, Wade said: “yesterday the treatment of a conservative is nothing new. Not even close,” adding that she thinks this behavior “has become so common and trendy” due to “the large bias of the media.”

“The ‘mainstream’ press – where many of us look for the truth and reliable reporting have become cesspools of elitism and intolerance, and the disturbing lack of ideological diversity in the newsroom in the country has sown the seed of hate for years against the conservatives – perhaps especially against the conservative women,” Wade said. “It resulted in an unhinged attack on President Trump and anyone who dares to support him in public. I think it is not very surprising that the liberal groupthink has begun to permeate America’s businesses.”

Fox News Chris Ciaccia, contributed to this report.

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