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Google blames ‘bug’ for Trump absence from ‘presidential candidates’ search results

Google has been forced to implement an urgent update to its search algorithm following complaints that a search for ‘presidential candidates’ failed to return the name of Donald Trump, who is heading the Republican ticket.

Google blames ‘bug’ for Trump absence from ‘presidential candidates’ search results

The incomplete search query returned the names of Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton at the top of the results with Bernie Sanders and even Green Party candidate Jill Stein also earning a mention, although Trump was nowhere to be seen.

This discrepancy immediately drew criticism of left-wing bias at Google but the tech giant insisted that the lapse was merely the consequence of a ‘technical bug’ in the information mapping system used to filter top ranked search results – known as Knowledge Graph.

A Google spokesperson said: “Only the presidential candidates participating in an active primary election were appearing in a Knowledge Graph result. Because the Republican and Libertarian primaries have ended, those candidates did not appear. This bug was resolved early this morning.”

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