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In an email to HuffPost responding to questions about the search issue, a Google spokeswoman said: ”We aim to provide people with quick access to helpful and relevant information based on their search cheap jordan t shirt query, but in this particular case, did not provide a comprehensive answer so it was quickly removed. We’re always working to improve our processes, and we welcome feedback.”

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