by Andrea Widburg
Google is the world’s most popular search engine, accounting for 75% of all desktop internet searches and over 90% of all mobile phone searches. That’s why it matters tremendously that it’s using its power over what Americans know to limit searches that might lead to information about Biden’s suspected dementia. It also appears that Google isn’t listing articles that are critical of Obama in a way that could hurt Biden or help Trump.
To understand what Google is doing, you need to know that Google, like all search engines, has an autocomplete function. As you start typing in the query box, the search engine will start making suggestions for the most common searches that use the words you’re typing. To choose an innocuous example, if you type “dogs are” in the Google search engine, it will suggest the following as the most common searches that begin with the words “dogs are”: