Google’s autocomplete feature tries to predict what someone is looking for based on what they’ve typed so far. This is based on factors like popularity and what other people have been looking for.
On Thursday, the tech giant said it would remove suggestions that could be seen as endorsing or opposed to political parties and candidates. It will also eliminate autocomplete predictions related to election participation information, such as voting methods, requirements or the status of polling places. For example, phrases such as “you can vote by phone” or “you cannot vote by phone” do not appear in AutoComplete.
However, even if these phrases don’t auto-fill, users can still search for whatever phrases they want and see those results.
The move comes as Facebook, Twitter and other tech giants try to curb disinformation ahead of the November election.