Is Boris Johnson Really Trying To Game Google Search Results?

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Expert contribution to article in Wired UK magazine

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Some commentators think Boris Johnson has tried to manipulate search engine results by using unusual phrases or saying strange things. One example is his claim that he makes model buses in his spare time, the idea being that this would appear in search results above the bus with the heavily criticised slogan used in the Brexit campaign. Drawing on expert opinion, this article highlights that search engines are not so easy to trick and that the alggorithm used is too complex to game with this approach. 

Period1 Oct 2019

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  • TitleIs Boris Johnson Really Trying To Game Google?
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletWired UK
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size800 words
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date1/10/19
    DescriptionSome commentators think Boris Johnson has tried to manipulate search engine results by using unusual phrases or saying strange things. One example is his claim that he makes model buses in his spare time, the idea being that this would appear in search results above the bus with the heavily criticised slogan used in the Brexit campaign. Drawing on expert opinion, this article highlights that search engines are not so easy to trick and that the alggorithm used is too complex to game with this approach.
    Producer/AuthorChris Stokel-Walker
    URLhttps://www.wired.co.uk/article/boris-johnson-model-google-news
    PersonsJayne Rodgers