Is this the reason Google’s autocomplete is returning negative search results for parties other than the Tories? It seems likely. [Image from the Daily Mail website].

“Google autocomplete is returning some very strange results,” according to Vox Political reader Gary Wiscombe, among many others.

“If you type “Conservatives are” or “Tories are” it returns zero suggestions, something I’ve never seen before even with gibberish entries.

“Conversely, “Labour are” “SNP are” and “Lib Dems are” return extremely negative suggestions, ones which aren’t echoed with other search engines.

“It’s a deliberate move on behalf of Google, and in the wake of the recent tax deal it seems extremely suspicious,” according to Gary.

“Would there be any way to confirm the purpose behind the change to this function?

“Because if it was funded by public money, or part of the recent tax deal, it would be a serious misuse of public funds.

“Even if it was paid for by the Conservative party, it should get more exposure as a propaganda tool.”

The humble Google search prompted claims of a conspiracy today after social media users noticed a bizarre anomaly when searching for political parties.

For most major political parties if you begin a search such as ‘Labour are’ the search engine will produce a string of possible terms to complete the search – almost universally negative.

But type in ‘Conservatives are’ or ‘Tories are’ and Google is unable to help – prompting some Twitter and Facebook users to question whether the mystery ‘explains the tax issue’.

Source: Google search suggestions show how Labour, the Conservatives and Lib Dems are doing | Daily Mail Online

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