has removed search results for any product that contains the word “gun”
in it, including water guns, toy guns, the band “Guns and Roses,”
and even “burgundy” from its shopping section.
has removed results in its shopping tool for a wide range of terms
related to firearms, unwittingly censoring completely unrelated items
such as music groups and movies whose titles matched filtered terms.
Shopping allows users to search for products from a wide range of online
shopping sites to compare prices and offerings. The Internet giant has
removed search results for a wide variety of terms, which was discovered
by social media users this week.
for “gun,” “guns,” “pistol,” “pistols,” “AR-15,” “rifle,” and
“revolver,” in the shopping section of Google’s search engine will now
fail to return any results, while other searches which have nothing to
do with firearms but include the keywords similarly provide no results,
including “toy guns,” “water guns,” “glue gun,” “Guns and Roses,”
“Gundam,” “Top Gun,” “Naked Gun,” the Man With the Golden Gun,”
“Shogun,” “Sex Pistols,” and even “burgundy.”
fact that words including “gun” as part of the title have led many to
suspect Google is running a filter specifically to remove any search
result including those letters, as opposed to filtering by product
category or vendor.
Example 3: If you're a music lover and wanted to buy merchandise related to the musical band "Guns and Roses," too bad. Google's shopping tab will tell you nothing is available. pic.twitter.com/pPelmGUbFQ