Did Google Trends get hacked with a racial slur earlier this morning?
Someone logging onto the Google Trends website at around 9 AM would have seen the phrase "lol n------". Many of the other terms were also unusually broad and not in keeping with the usual sorts of hot topic terms which appear on the page.
A spokeswoman said web site for trends the company was "investigating reports of an unusual web site for trends query appearing on Google Trends this morning" but had no further comment.
This would not be the first time a hacker manipulated the rankings, which went live in 2006. In in 2008, a swastika appeared as the top term. A week later, some wrote "f--- you google" in reverse.