Study Shows Google Has The Most ‘Conspiracy-Free’ Search Results


According to a new study on algorithms, Google is the search engine with the most “conspiracy-free” search results.

The study, from professors at German and Swiss universities, examined how algorithms filter “conspiratorial information” in search results.

The research “examine[d] the distribution of conspiratorial information in search results across five search engines: Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo and Yandex.”

The study found that some search engines “contribute to the spread of conspiracy theories” by “using a virtual agent-based infrastructure, we systematically collect[ed] search outputs for six conspiracy theory-related queries (“flat earth”, “new world order”, “qanon”, “9/11”, “illuminati”, “george soros”) across three locations (two in the US and one in the UK) and two observation periods (March and May 2021).”

Categories analyzing the nature of the content displayed included “debunks conspiracy,” “no mention of conspiracy,” and “promotes conspiracy.”

The authors of the study recommended “comprehensive auditing” of web search results in order to combat “misinformation” and “conspiracy theories” online:

“Considering the potential harm which can be caused by search bias and factually inaccurate information, we suggest that comprehensive auditing of web search is of no less importance than the critical examinations of content appearing on legacy or social media. We strive to add to the body of literature on web search malperformance through an analysis of presence of conspiratorial information in search results.” 

The research concluded that Google had the “highest share of content that did not mention conspiracies,” while Yandex had “the highest proportion of conspiracy-promoting content.”

Results for “9/11” had the lowest number of “conspiracy-promoting” content, while terms like “Illuminati,” “qanon,” and “flat earth” had the highest number of the aforementioned content.

Google software engineer Paul Haahr praised the search engine’s ability to filter out certain information online.

“It’s a bit self-serving of me to repost this study, but I’m really proud of the teams at Google that did the work which make our results nearly “conspiracy-free,” he tweeted.

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