As anyone who's ever spent time Googling celebrities — or themselves — can tell you, diving down the internet rabbit hole will sometimes bring up some weird results in that right-hand box. So what's an armchair fact-checker to do? If you know for a fact David Spade is not Dana Carvey, or your birthday is definitely not the same release date as Van Halen's Women and Children First, you can tell Google yourself.
Image credit: Reddit
If there's something you don't like about yourself on the web, usually Google isn't going to remove it from search results. If you complain, though, Google will remove web pages that include your bank account numbers and other sensitive information. And recently, they added medical records to the list of things they will remove upon request.
In Reddit's Google subreddit, user thelance shared a quick way to report incorrect results located in Google's right-hand box highlighting certain information for popular searches (called Google OneBox, as it's a single box containing a great deal of information).
At the bottom-right of the OneBox section, select "Feedback" and select the questionable piece of information you'd like to report. From there you can explain why the information is incorrect. You can also submit a legal removal request if the content in question violates any laws.
A Google employee familiar with the feature spoke to Lifehacker to clarify how corrections to the OneBox section affect search results. Feedback is ordered by importance, with more obscure searches requiring more feedback than popular ones.
Once we decide to review a fact it goes to a team of humans who do the actual work. So the long and short of it is, if you see a fact that needs to be changed, get a lot of people to report it.