Soft Linden, the director of information security at Linden Lab, a developer of digital entertainment, said in a tweet on Sunday that the summary of a page about what one should do after a seizure differed sharply from the original.
A search for the words, "had a seizure now what?" brought up a Google summary that said one should "Hold the person down or try to stop their movements. Put something in the person's mouth (this can cause tooth or jaw injuries).
"Administer CPR or other mouth-to-mouth breathing during the seizure. Give the person food ot water until they are alert again."
But the actual page said these were things that one should not do.
The Google search summary.
Another person posted a tweet showing that Google Home gave identical advice.
Linden's tweet gained sufficient traction to elicit a response from the University which said much later in the same thread: "We recently learned that a blog was displaying incorrect information in a question box generated by Google Search Engine.
The actual information on the site.
"We have taken steps to modify the content and re-index the page in hopes that the information in the answer box will be modified by the Google Search Engine."
Update, 19 October: Contacted for comment on Monday, a Google spokesperson responded on Tuesday: "As soon as the problem was detected, we acted swiftly to resolve it both for the particular query and to help prevent this type of issue in the future."
Oh no, it’s just as worse on Google Home. This will legit get someone killed. pic.twitter.com/nPenxJdqM0— Taurus is tired (@TaurusSnowFox) October 16, 2021
We recently learned that a blog was displaying incorrect information in a question box generated by Google Search Engine. We have taken steps to modify the content and reindex the page in hopes that the information in the answer box will be modified by the Google Search Engine.— University of Utah Health (@UofUHealth) October 17, 2021