While President Frank Underwood is near death waiting for a donor liver to be found to save his life, a political aide is warned about a web search engine PollyHop that the Republican presidential candidate's campaign is manipulating to control internet search results.
"Ever use it?" the consultant asks.
"No, I use Google," the aide replies.
"It's a small market share, but still it's billions of searches a month," he explains. "What if a certain candidate got more hits, was ranked higher more positive coverage favored over negative coverage, what if that candidate was William Conway?"
There's no way Frank Underwood can beat that, he concludes.
Fear of PollyHop is so urgent that the aide then stops First Lady Claire Underwood in the hospital hallway to tell her about it 13 minutes into the episode.
"They can manipulate what people search for, it gives them a huge advantage," the aide said. "It means that we lose. Conway's name, his image, they can control what people see, they can force feed it. You know what people are searching for, you know everything, their hopes, their fears even what they are thinking about when they're staring at the ceiling in the middle of the night."
PollyHop does not exist as a real search engine, however, if you go to PollyHop.Info, you can see the real life version of the political search engine. Now, return to your House of Cards binging. It gets better!