The mysterious disappearance of a photo of the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill from a google search has generated outrage in the UK, when the figure of the former conservative leader is being questioned in the wave of anti-racist demonstrations that have taken place these days across the country. When internet users search for “British Prime Ministers” on Google, the photos of the heads of government appear in a timeline, all but Churchill’s, which has led many Twitter users to accuse Google of censorship.“Mind-blowing if it’s a deliberate policy, @Google. Western Europe would almost certainly be enslaved without the man whose photo is now missing,” Simon Clarke, secretary of state for regional growth and local government, tweeted, defending the hero of the Second World War.
Mind blowing if this is deliberate policy, @Google. Western Europe would almost certainly be enslaved if it wasn’t for the man whose photo is now absent. https://t.co/VsURjAVdCs– Simon Clarke MP (@SimonClarkeMP) June 14, 2020
“We are aware that an image of Sir Winston Churchill is missing from his Knowledge Graph entry on Google,” replied Google, which apologized for this fact and explained that it was due to an “automatic update.”
We’re aware an image for Sir Winston Churchill is missing from his Knowledge Graph entry on Google. We apologize for any concern. This was not purposeful & will be resolved. Images in such panels are automatically created & updated. During an update, they can briefly disappear ….— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) June 14, 2020
Last weekend, the statue of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill near London’s Parliament was the subject of a vandalism during protests over the death of African-American George Floyd, suffocated by an American police officer. On the pedestal of the former ‘premier’ you could read “he was racist”. For this reason, the statue was protected by a metal box. However, thousands of protesters, including far-right activists, approached Parliament to “stand guard”, leading to clashes with the police and more than 100 arrests.
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