US President Donald Trump has accused Google’s search engine of promoting negative news articles and hiding “fair media” coverage of him, vowing to address the situation without providing evidence or giving details of what action he might take. “What Google and others are doing-if you look at what’s going on at Twitter, if you look at what’s going on at Facebook-they better be careful because you can’t do that to people”. When you consider that Trump’s deemed every non-Fox News outlet to be “Fake News” – including the sites for CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post – then, sure, this would fit his narrative.
He continued into a second tweet: “96% of results on “Trump news” are from National Left-Wing Media, very risky”.
The president, who has said he runs on little sleep, jumped onto Twitter before dawn Tuesday to rehash his recent complaints about alleged suppression of conservative voices and positive news about him. They are controlling what we can & cannot see.
“I lost the page, but you know what?”
The first page results of “Trump” using Google’s “News” tab on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Regulating Google’s search algorithm in the spirit of “fairness” could result in a number of unintended consequences.
The study uncovering the anti-Trump bias was by PJMedia, which found that in a search on Trump not “a single right-leaning site appeared on the first page of search results”. As tech companies continue to purge their feeds of trolls, bots, fake news, and hateful content, expect more of these claims from the President and conservatives.
Google claimed in an unattributed statement that its searches aren’t politically biased.
Representatives of the big three companies – Facebook, Twitter and Google – have appeared before various Congressional committees several times to discuss these issues but the continued requests for appearances indicate lawmakers’ concerns about Silicon Valley’s influence in the political world. Using different laptops, she performed multiple Google News searches for the word “Trump”, and found pervasive bias in favor of left-leaning news outlets. Trump wrote in his tweets.
Another finding revealed that tech companies such as Facebook and Google have both partnered with “anti-conservative” fact-checking organizations. The story was picked up by other conservative outlets including Breitbart. Conservative media, he claimed, is “shut out”. Even if, as seems most likely, nothing ultimately comes of it, his response underscores the potential consequences that could arise from Trump’s Twitter obsessions.
As for Trump’s search results, as of 9:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, the top Google search results for Trump were all about.Trump and Google. The president has used the platform to accuse technology companies of political bias.