US president claims Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good
Donald Trump has used a series of early morning tweets to complain that Googles news service is rigged against him and has pledged to address this very serious situation.
The US president said the existing system was biased in favour of stories from leftwing news outlets and suggested tech companies were trying to hide positive stories about his administration – something that Google strongly denied.
He went on:
Asked whether Trump thinks Google should be subject to some regulation, Larry Kudlow, the presidents top economic adviser, told reporters outside the White House that were taking a look.
Trump also stated that 96% of Google News results for Trump were from leftwing outlets, which he described as very dangerous.
It is likely the US president was referring to a viral news story posted on Saturday by the website PJ Media, which concluded that the vast majority of Google News results for the president were from left-leaning outlets. The site used a classification that ranks almost every mainstream news outlet other than Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and DailyMail.com as leftwing.
PJ Media said its survey of the top 100 Google News results for the search term Trump was not scientific but suggested a pattern of bias against right-leaning content.
The US president possibly came across PJ Medias 96% statistic after it was covered by Fox News host Lou Dobbs on his Monday night broadcast.
Google never reveals how its algorithm works, partly to stop news organisations from gaming the system in order to boost their ranking. Google News results can be a substantial driver of traffic for websites, with the system relying on a vast number of signals when it comes to ranking news stories, potentially including a news sites long-term reputation and popularity.
In a statement, Google insisted that it is not distorting results: 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 dont 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 US presidents tweets sent at 5.24am Washington DC time are the latest in a string of attacks by Trump on major tech companies, as part of his ongoing criticism of the media.
Earlier this month, he said that too many voices are being destroyed by social networks, who have become increasingly willing to ban prominent individuals who have broken their rules, such as the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.