Trump slams Google for 'rigged' search results

James Marshall
August 29, 2018

In a pair of tweets posted before 6 a.m., the president said the results included only "the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media". Additionally, while Google uses manual quality raters to test new algorithm changes, they do not use them on live search results.

Trump gave only once specific example, saying "Fake CNN is prominent". And if there aren't many conservative sources surfacing, which is not the case, that's likely because conservative media tends to publish false content.

Indeed, for years now, companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter have been accused of suppressing conservative voices and news from right-leaning outlets, in addition to policing their platforms differently for conservatives. They are controlling what we can & cannot see.

He says this "very serious situation-will be addressed!"

"I won't mention names but when they take certain people off of Twitter or Facebook and they're making that decision, that is really a risky thing because that could be you tomorrow", Trump said. Well.not so fast. Rather than uncovering compelling evidence of bias, this article's author and its promoters merely reveal their ignorance of how search engines work. She said she performed the search several times using different computers, and the results did not differ considerably.

With this in mind, it should be no great surprise that outlets like the New York Times, CNN, and Washington Post trounce outlets like PJ Media, National Review, and the Weekly Standard in organic search. He has made social media, particularly Twitter, an integral part of his presidency.

Then, he promised that the situation would be "addressed".

Google is the latest target in Mr. Trump's complaints that some portions of the news media and social media are biased against conservatives.

Earlier this summer, the new Republican chair of the Federal Trade Commission Joseph Simons said the agency would keep a close eye on big tech companies that dominate the internet.

Google strongly rejected any bias claims. While search results can vary between users, observers were quick to point out Tuesday that the top result for many "Trump news" searches was an article from Fox News. More than four out of five web searches run through Google, and getting highly ranked within Google can make or break businesses.

He has also previously hit out at Amazon, which he says hurts small businesses and benefits from a favourable deal with the US Postal Service. In the past, Trump accused Twitter and Facebook of censorship.

Like most of Trump's grievances, it's hard to know what vague action he is threatening, but the conservative anger against tech platforms is growing, even as those platforms proclaim to love free speech and try their best to appease the politicians in power.

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