In a mysterious case, photos of Winston Churchill stopped appearing on Google search over the weekend. As many tried to look for British Prime Ministers and list of World War II leaders, images of the former UK PM were not visible on the search engine’s results.
The development left netizens baffled online, with many tagging the tech giant demanding answers. Although the company ‘fixed it’ following to outrage, people have sought a proper explaination.
As people searched with his name, a black box appeared instead of Churchill’s photo. People on social media were quick to point out that pictures of Adolf Hitler, Stalin and Mao were still displaying on the search engine
The latest episode comes after a Black Lives Matter protest in central London last weekend led to Churchill’s statue being defaced with the word “racist”.
For hours, we lived in a world where Churchill, who helped defeated Nazism, had been removed for being “racist”, while Hitler and Stalin, two of the greatest mass murderers, were visible.
Scary times! pic.twitter.com/DC3osMZs7N
— Julie Lenarz (@MsJulieLenarz) June 14, 2020
Yep, happened for me too when I searched World War II leaders. Got pictures of 53 leaders but no pic of Churchill. https://twitter.com/sohrabahmari/status/1271986973289349120 …Sohrab Ahmari
Ha. Just tried it for myself. Are our tech overlords at Google are joining the street-level iconoclasts by defacing history on the Internet?
Winston Churchill, The greatest ever Briton, a war hero, the man who faced down fascism, Nazis, the greatest threat to peace the world has ever known, has had his picture removed from Google’s list of UK Prime Ministers.
Make sense yet?
Time to rise up and fight for who we are!