The Raleigh News & Observer reports:
Google has apologized to Republican North Carolina state Sen. Trudy Wade for an old photo of her with the superimposed word ‘bigot’ in red capital letters that appeared on the search engine’s results related to the senator’s name.
A knowledge panel is the box that populates on the right-hand side of the screen of the search results. The panel provides an overview of information based on the search terms. Wade’s photo came from a student news blog, Google said in a tweet.
Google removed the photo later on Friday, after the Drudge Report brought national attention to the story, Wade said in a statement. “Although I appreciate Google’s belated apology, if I’m being completely honest it rang a bit hollow,” Wade said.
Wade was a backer of North Carolina’s infamous anti-transgender bill.