Angel Tompkins Nude Pic Shows Up In Google Knowledge Graph

    March 24, 2013
    Chris Crum
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Update: Google has removed the image from the Knowledge Panel. Rather than replacing it with a non-nude image, they went with no image at all. The image in question is also gone from the image search results (though it’s still there if you search “angel tompkins topless”). There are other topless pictures of her showing up further down in the image results as well.

Update 2: Google has removed more of the topless pictures from the image search results.

Is Google’s system for imagery in the Knowledge Graph flawed? Let us know what you think.

When you search for “Angel Tompkins” on Google, Google presents a Knowledge Graph result. That makes sense, she’s a Golden Globe-nominated actress. What is interesting about Google’s listing, however, is that the image it displays is photo of Tompkins topless – not the kind of material you would expect the search engine to display to users as the main thing you see on a results page.

Search Engine Land was tipped about the result on Twitter, and as Barry Schwartz notes, this is probably not the ideal web presence for the now 70-year old woman, who is reportedly married with two children (it should be noted that Google’s Knowledge Graph has gotten marriages wrong in the past).

Here’s what it looks like censored. You can go to the SERP to see the real thing if you like (though Google will likely pull it soon).

Angela Tompkins Nude Pic

Google will often display a set of images from Image Search in the Knowledge Panel for a given query. Here’s what Clint Eastwood’s looks like, for example:

Clint Eastwood

It’s unclear how exactly Google chooses which pictures to display, or when to include the Eastwood-like set of images in the Knowledge Panel. The first Eastwood picture in the panel is not the first one that shows up in an image search, nor is the topless photo of Tompkins the first one in an image search for her. So why is Google selecting this one? To make things even more complicated, Schwartz notes that the nude image appears to be coming from a spam blog – something Google rigorously tries to keep out of its search results. Now we’re seeing one being highlighted in Google’s prized Knowledge Graph?

The whole thing is even more interesting, considering that Google has recently gone out of its way to make adult-oriented imagery harder to access.

It is worth noting that Tompkins has been described as a “Sexploitation Siren,” so users wanting nude pictures of her isn’t that far out of the realm of possibility.

This is not the first time we’ve seen Google make mistakes in the Knowledge Graph. Have you noticed any? Let us know in the comments.

  • http://www.msinteractive.com Moonstone Interactive

    I’m very disappointed in Google for making this ‘mistake’. Children use Google on a daily basis for things such as school assignments. I realize many kids wouldn’t look up ‘Angel Tompkins’ but they may just search the term ‘Angel’ and happen upon this image. After reading this article I did some research because I just didn’t want to believe Google would make such an error, here’s what I found: when I searched ‘Angel Tompkins’ I saw the nude pic, and in Google Images I found 10 more nude pics of her… I also searched ‘Clint Eastwood’ and noticed that it seems Google uses it’s top images as the images for Clint Eastwood as shown in this article, therefore one of the top images (5th to be precise) for ‘Angel Tompkins’ is her nude photo which may explain how that image showed up in the search. This still does not explain why Google has these images in their search.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-crum Chris Crum

      For me, the Clint Eastood pics shown in the Knowledge Panel were among the first visible pics in image search, but not the actual first ones.

      • http://www.msinteractive.com Moonstone Interactive

        Same as Angel Tompkins, not the very first image, but they use images from the first page. Sorry, I should have been a bit more precise

    • common

      move on, I bet any kid who sees such picture is not going to be permanently marked by looking at some womans breasts on google

    • Rick Blaine

      Thank you, Common. Enough of this “But what about the children” nonsense. This particular photograph is of a woman reclining in a pond, with her breasts bared and some pubic hair visible. Pretty much any child of a certain age can find photos that make this look like the White House Easter Egg hunt. And the younger ones don’t care. Oh, but imagine the trauma of a child coming across a photo of a naked body! Are you that filled with shame? As Lenny Bruce said, “If something about the human body disgusts you, the fault lies with the manufacturer.”

  • http://www.mhc-inc.com Mike

    Looks pretty good for 71!

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