Trump says Google is 'rigged' with bad news about him

Trump attacks Google, claims it prioritizes 'fake news' in searches

Donald Trump: Google’s news service is rigged against me

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.

This was just the latest example of Trump making the case that social media and internet companies are biased against conservative voices, but there is little if no evidence that it is systematic.

He added that "96 per cent of results on "Trump News" are from National Left-Wing Media", calling the trend "very dangerous".

Google strongly denied Trump's claims.

In Google's defence, negative Trump news appears no matter whether one searches Yandex, Bing, or DuckDuckGo.

Conservative politicians in the USA have accused social media giants like Facebook and Google of using their algorithms to ensure that right-wing media outlets are seen less by users. He finished by suggesting that this might be an area where the government should step in: "This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!" The president has used the platform to accuse technology companies of political bias.

USA member of Congress Ted Lieu, a Democrat, said in a tweet directed at Trump: "If government tried to dictate the free speech algorithms of private companies, courts would strike it down in a nanosecond".

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Similarly, entering "Trump" and clicking the "news" tab will produce results from mainstream media outlets that large swaths of the population tend to trust.

Highly trafficked and cited websites like CNN.com and NYTimes.com, two of the most Trump's most frequent targets, often appear first in search results.

Trump's tweets came the morning after Fox Business host Lou Dobbs aired an interview Monday night with the pro-Trump commentators Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, popularly known as Diamond and Silk, who have long claimed that their online videos are being suppressed by tech companies. "It's not even a close question".

Representatives for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Google uses a complex algorithm to decide what results users are presented with, though its exact workings remain a closely guarded corporate secret.

On Google's part, given all of the tensions around bias lately, they would probably be wise to be more transparent about how their news algorithm works and do more proactive outreach to avoid future misunderstandings. They have leveraged this into a sweeping conspiracy theory that big tech sites are silencing conservative content - which is debunked by hard data showing their Facebook engagements actually increased in the past year.

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