Google Home, Google’s smart speaker device, has been accused of sharing fake news after a video of BBC News’ technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones asking the device a question went viral.
In the video posted to Twitter, Cellan-Jones asked if former US president Barack Obama was planning a coup to which the Google Home device replied that Obama may ‘in fact be planning a Communist coup d’état at the end of his term’.
A Google spokesperson said in reference to the incident:
‘Featured Snippets in Search provide an automatic and algorithmic match to a given search query, and the content comes from third-party sites. Unfortunately, there are instances when we feature a site with inappropriate or misleading content. When we are alerted to a Featured Snippet that violates our policies, we work quickly to remove them, which we have done in this instance. We apologise for any offense this may have caused.’