Google denies rigging search results against Trump
29 August, 2018, 02:06 | Author: Vicki Mclaughlin
President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Google of meddling with search results for "Trump News" to prioritize negative coverage about him from liberal media outlets. But the criteria by which Google selects news outlets and stories to feature-criteria which include longevity, reputation, linking, search history, and more-are known.
Some Republican U.S. lawmakers have also raised concerns about social media companies removing content from some conservatives, and have called Twitter's chief executive to testify before a House of Representatives panel on September 5.
In a pair of tweets, the president claimed Google has "shut out" conservative news from its search results, an act he suggested may be "illegal" and one he vowed to address.
President Donald Trump lashed out at tech companies Tuesday, accusing Google and others of "suppressing" conservative voices and "hiding information" and good news. "They are controlling what we can & cannot see", he wrote.
"Google is really taking advantage of a lot of people, and I think that's a very serious thing", Trump claimed.
He pointed out the plan was instituted right after President Trump's inauguration, which was when independent, online media outlets such as WND and Breitbart began to see their traffic curbed by Facebook, Google and others. The secretive nature of the algorithms has exposed the company to accusation of bias. She said she performed the search several times using different computers, and the results did not differ considerably. He has made social media, particularly Twitter, an integral part of his presidency. "This is a very serious situation-will be addressed", he added.
PJ Media did not appear in the first 100 results, nor did National Review, The Weekly Standard, Breitbart, The Blaze, The Daily Wire, Hot Air, Townhall, Red State, or any other conservative-leaning sites except the two listed above.
The logo of Google is pictured during the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, May 25, 2018.
The report, which investigated how social-media companies have suppressed conservative speech, described what they found as "far more troubling than most conservatives realize".
Google searches aim to surface the most relevant pages in response to a user's query, even before he or she finishes typing. The report's findings were gathered from an analysis of Google search results for "Trump" using the search engine's "News" tab.
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