Controversial Michelle Obama picture vanishes from Google
The controversial image of Michelle Obama being morphed into a monkey’s face has disappeared from Google.
Until today, a Google Image search for “Michelle Obama” returned the offensive picture as the top result.
Google even went to the lengths of displaying an ad on the results page, explaining that it wouldn’t remove the image because “we do not remove a page from our search results simply because its content is unpopular or because we receive complaints concerning it”.
Now, after the picture attracted considerable media interest, it appears to have dropped off the Google Image search altogether, as has the advert explaining its decision.
It appears the site that was hosting the image has decided to pull the picture. The Hot Girls blog now contains a garbled message stating: “I am very sorry for this article, andthat this is the program automatically issued a document from the article. Do not the subject of race and politics make the discussion too radical and sincere hope that the world is very peaceful.”
The blog is hosted using Google’s blogger service. Unusually, there’s no cached version of the site in Google’s search results.
We’ve asked Google to comment on whether the picture has been removed deliberately, but we hadn’t received a reply at the time of publication.