One of the Bitcoin community’s most intractable messaging problems is the incorrect assumption that any one person is in charge—a common misunderstanding for people who don’t have much experience with open source protocols. There is no Bitcoin company, and it has no CEO or board of directors; that is, unless you ask Google.
As Redditors first pointed out, and Motherboard confirmed, if you search “CEO of Bitcoin” or “Bitcoin CEO” in Google’s search engine, an information box informs you that the cryptocurrency has several CEOs—among them the chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon,who called cryptocurrencies a “scam” in August; superstar investor Warren Buffett, who recently called Bitcoin “rat poison squared;” and Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga, who said cryptocurrencies were “junk” in July.
Wow, Bitcoin’s CEOs seem to really hate Bitcoin!
Google introduced “featured snippets” that algorithmically attempt to answer a user’s search query inside the search engine itself in 2014. Their frequent (and sometimes, as the Bitcoin CEO example illustrates, hilarious) inaccuracy is notorious and well documented.
Motherboard reached out to Google for comment on the Bitcoin CEO instance of featured snippets turning up flatly inaccurate results, and will update this piece when we hear back.
Given that nobody really understands Bitcoin, Google surely isn’t helping by telling people that some of Bitcoin’s most high-profile haters are actually in charge.
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