January 14, 2018 – FRN –
Google search engine prematurely named Vladimir Putin as the winner of the upcoming March 18 presidential election. When entering the query “winner of the election 2018” the result page stated “Vladimir Putin.”
However, the article in the electronic encyclopaedia itself was devoted to the description of the election process, and the main candidates were indicated.
Users of the social network “VKontakte” put forward the version that someone had previously edited an article in Wikipedia, from which Google derives information.
Later in the day, this “winner’ information was no longer contained in the article “Presidential Elections in Russia (2018)” in Wikipedia. The Google search engine also stopped issuing the “result” of the upcoming elections.