People who searched on Google for the Mueller report have been told the document is “fiction,” a baffling falsehood that highlights the fallibility of and threat of misinformation from the world’s most influential search engine.
Searches for “Mueller Report,” which details the findings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference and President Trump’s conduct in the 2016 election, showed an information box at the top of the results that classified the 448-page report’s genre as “fiction.”
In response to questions from The Washington Post, Google said the search result was an error and would be fixed shortly. The company did not immediately say why the search tool returned that result, how long that answer had been there, or how many people had been shown the false result
By 1 p.m. Monday, a few hours after The Post notified Google, the search had been corrected to call the report “non-fiction.”