Suggestions auto populate in the search bar based on popular and recent searches on Facebook, meaning enough people had searched for that term for it to appear as the top suggestion. A spokesperson for Facebook said the tech giant is working to fix the issue but at the time of writing the controversial search suggestions were still appearing. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Try Independent Premium free for 1 month. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium.
But those search results are not the product of sexist engineers. Facebook search is governed in part by an algorithm, which favors the most popular queries over those made less often. Algorithms can be biased and they can mirror prejudices that already exist in society.
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