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    Researchers Say Search Giant Could Rig Election

    Can you Google next year’s winner? Two researchers at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology argue that Google could influence the outcome of the U.S.’s 2016 presidential election. They’re calling it the Search Engine Manipulation Effect, claiming that skewing the search results from positive to negative, or vice versa, can alter an undecided voter’s opinion by 20 to 80 percent. Google said it wouldn’t “undermine the people’s trust,” but the EU has accused it of not treating all results equally, so it’s likely SEME will enter our political lexicon.

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