But in the buildup to the 2020 US presidential election, Google is changing its autocomplete policies to theoretically weed out one particular category of suggestion: “Election related predictions” that could be interpreted as favoring a particular candidate or political party.
“We don’t allow predictions that could be interpreted as a position for or against any candidate or political party, nor which could be interpreted as claims about the participation in or integrity of the electoral process.”
back in 2016, Google has already claimed that political search suggestions weren’t ads for any political campaign.
With Autocomplete, we primarily rely on automated systems to approximate our policies and prevent violating predictions from appearing. If any predictions slip through, and if we get reports or otherwise identify violations, then our trust and safety team enforces those policies.Google tells Verge