Google thinks I’m dead

New York Times:

For much of the last week, I have been trying to persuade the world’s most powerful search engine to remove my photo from biographical details that belong to someone else. A search for “Rachel Abrams” revealed that Google had mashed my picture from The New York Times’s website with the Wikipedia entry for a better-known writer with the same name, who died in 2013.


When an acquaintance said she was alarmed to read that I had passed away, it seemed like an error worth correcting.

And so began the quest to convince someone at Google that I am alive.

This is a riveting story, a trip down the rabbit hole trying to convince Google to change something they are locked in certain is correct.

This reminds me of another story, about Google’s algorithmic approach to deleting videos they found objectionable, which cut funding from videos that got caught in the bigger sweep. To read about this, Google (ironically) the term adpocalypse.