Google an image of Michelle Obama, and the top hit will be a racist caricature. Though Google won't be removing the image because it doesn't violate the company's Webmaster Guidelines, it did feel the need to explain itself because "the image is offensive to many," a spokesperson said. Google issued a statement explaining that the image was purely a result of the company's search algorithm, and was not in any way a reflection of the beliefs or preferences of Google employees. A Google spokesperson hypothesized that the image could be top hit if people were linking to it to condemn it. The image had been removed once before after a complaint was filed, but not because Google had issued a judgment that the content was racist, rather because the original host site was also serving malware.
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