Googling the presidential candidates Wednesday morning didn’t produce the typical results one would expect. Searching for the term ‘presidential candidates’ brought up a handy guide above all of the other search results with pictures of candidates with active campaigns. Clicking on a picture brought up searches for the candidates such as Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein.
The only problem is that Republican candidate Donald Trump wasn’t included.
Users reached out to Google to ask about the issue. Around noon Wednesday, Trump was added back to the Google search results. Google then sent the following statement to NBC4 in regards to what caused some candidates to disappear from its search results:
We found a technical bug in Search where only the presidential candidates participating in an active primary election were appearing in a Knowledge Graph result. Because the Republican and Libertarian primaries have ended, those candidates did not appear. This bug was resolved early this morning.” — Google Spokesperson
Amazing how Google not only had “bugs” with Republican candidate Donald Trump showing up as a result, but Libertarian contender Gary Johnson seemed to be miraculously missing from the screenshot of a Google search as well (he was later also fixed):