Earlier this month, Google received a letter from the lawyers of Dinesh D’Souza whose film "America" is not showing up in search results how the filmmakers' would have liked.
People were seeing all kinds of different results for their "America" queries, which is unsurprising given that this could be related to a million different things. Even for movie-specific searches like "America Movie," people were sometimes getting info related to Captain America and The Avengers, and even D’Souza's previous film "2016: Obama’s America."
Now, Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who has been critical of Google in the past, is talking about investigating the matter. The Hollywood Reporter reports:
Rohrabacher tells The Hollywood Reporter that he's so disturbed by Google's behavior he intends on discussing it Wednesday during the House Republican Conference, which is the party caucus for Republicans in the House of Representatives.
"This doesn't deserve to be ignored. We need to verify the statistics in some way, and I will be suggesting the appropriate committee or subcommittee have some kind of hearing on this," Rohrbacher said. "We know there were significant incidences, and that would suggest there was intent behind Google's nonperformance."
A search for "america movie" is currently returning results that look like this (at least for me):
If you're looking for 2009's "America" starring Rosie O'Donnell, you're on your own. And good luck if you're searching for 2011's "America (II)" or this year's "America! or 1986's "America" or 2010's "América" or 1924's "America" or the 2013 short "America" or 1914's "America" or any of these other titles called "America".
Oh, and by the way, the name of D’Souza's movie is actually "America: Imagine the World Without Her".
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