Google came under fire Thursday after a journalist noted that it had classified the pro-life film, “Unplanned” as “drama/propaganda.”
“Who knew that ‘propaganda’ was a movie genre?” The Daily Signal’s Kelsey Bolar noted in a tweet Thursday, posted with a screen capture of Google’s showtimes. Fox News reported it verified the Google classification, but by Friday morning, Google rated the film as being simply a “drama.”
The movie is about former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, who becomes an anti-abortion activist after witnessing an abortion.
One Twitter user compared the search results with those for some of Michael Moore’s documentaries and the Dick Cheney biopic “Vice,” noting that none of them had been considered propaganda, reports Fox News.
However, Fox News also researched results for conservative movies, such as documentaries by filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, but none were labeled as propaganda.
A Google spokesperson told Fox News that after analyzing web content about “Unplanned,” there was a large volume that called the movie propaganda. But after being made aware of facts that have been disputed through the company’s “Knowledge Graph,” the company works to fix issues, the spokesperson said.
After the controversy was sparked, Google has updated its search results, removing the propaganda tag.
The movie’s supporters have accused Twitter of treating the movie unfairly after it blocked the film’s account. The social media platform has since reversed the ban.
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