Trump accuses Google of rigging search results to show negative coverage


He has vowed to address the situation.

He added: "In other words, they [Google] have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that nearly all stories & news is BAD".

President Donald Trump has renewed his claims of bias against conservatives on the internet, accusing Google of rigging its results to show "bad" stories when users search for "Trump news".

The factors Google uses to determine which websites appear first in search results include how often that page is linked to on other sites, the use of keywords, the popularity and respectability of the news site, and personal browsing history of the person conducting the search.

Trump's economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, later told reporters that the White House was "taking a look" at Google, saying the administration would do "some investigation and some analysis", without providing further details.

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Trump's tweets came the morning after Fox Business host Lou Dobbs aired an interview with the pro-Trump commentators Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, popularly known as Diamond and Silk. Google reacted with a statement clarifying that the search engine is "not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results toward any political ideology".

Some Republican US 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.

Google is pushing back sharply, saying Trump's claim simply wasn't true, "We never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment".

"You can't do that to people", he said.

Trump's comments marked a major escalation in allegations of anti-conservative censorship against Google, Facebook and Twitter, which some in the tech industry worry could undermine the public's trust in the Web as a marketplace of ideas. Twitter denied the claim.

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Google says it doesn't personalize news stories and that results can be different based on the time you're searching and depending upon your location. They are controlling what we can & cannot see.

"Accusations of search engine "bias" have existed as long as there have been search engines. The courts have uniformly ruled that search results are protected speech", said Eric Goldman, co-director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University. Such accusations - along with assertions that the news media and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation meddling probe are biased against him - have been a chief Trump talking point meant to appeal to the president's base.

Trump's concern is that search results about him appear negative, but that's because the majority of stories about him are negative, Meyers said.

Nuala O'Connor, president of the Washington-based Center for Democracy & Technology, said that while "algorithmic bias" is a legitimate question, there is no evidence of bias and that it would be worrisome if the government tried to step in with regulations.

Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 85 percent said they think social media sites intentionally censor political viewpoints, Pew found.

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