Donald Trump has lashed out at Google, accusing the online giant of ‘rigging’ its search results against conservative news outlets. Does the outspoken US President have a point?
On Tuesday August 28, President Trump took to his preferred social media platform, Twitter, to allege that Google was guilty of “hiding information” and “suppressing voices” in certain search results, claiming that 96% of queries for ‘Trump news’ pointed to the left-wing media.
He vowed to ‘address’ the “very dangerous” situation in a pair of tweets sent at around 5:30am US eastern time that, combined, garnered over 100,000 likes and 75,000 comments.
Trump is no stranger to making bold (some might say brash) statements on Twitter. While he doesn’t back up the 96% figure in his tweets, The Guardian points out that the stat appears to originate with right-wing website PJ Media, and was subsequently picked up by mainstream conservative outlets like Fox News.
Google, for its part, has denied fiddling search results to favour certain news sources.
“When users type queries into the Google Search bar, our goal is to make sure they receive the most relevant answers in a matter of seconds. Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology. Every year, we issue hundreds of improvements to our algorithms to ensure they surface high-quality content in response to users’ queries. We continually work to improve Google Search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment,” the Mountain View-based company said in a prepared statement to the press.
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