Trump accuses Google of hiding 'fair media' coverage of him

Trump accuses Google of hiding 'fair media' coverage of him

Trump accuses Google of hiding 'fair media' coverage of him

"Google search results for "Trump News" shows only the viewing/reporting of fake news media", the USA president tweeted.

It was unclear whether the president had Googled himself, or whether he was referring to a recent piece in PJ Media, a conservative blog, alleging that 96 percent of Google search results for news about Trump were from "left-leaning news outlets". But the criteria by which Google selects news outlets and stories to feature-criteria which include longevity, reputation, linking, search history, and more-are known. Fake CNN is prominent.

He added, without offering evidence, that "96% of results on "Trump News" are from National Left-Wing Media, very risky".

Mr Trump's attack against the tech giant follows a string of grievances against internet companies, including Twitter and Facebook, which he has accused of silencing conservative voices. They are controlling what we can & cannot see.

Larry Kudlow, President Trump's economic adviser, said this morning that the administration is going to look into whether the government should be regulating Google's search engine.

"I lost the page, but you know what?"

Neither he nor the White House detailed how they would probe Google or what legal justification they would use.

This figure seems to have been broadcast on the Lou Dobbs Tonight programme, a show on the Trump-friendly Fox Business Network, the evening before the president tweeted.

Google's search results are based on an algorithm which has never been publicly released.

He went on to cite Facebook and Twitter, in an apparent reference to his claims last week of social media suppressing conservative voices.

In a previous investigation, the FTC decided that Google was likely justified in developing a search function that harmed other companies.

Still, to suggest Google's search algorithm operates under partisan filters represents a clear misunderstanding of how Google's search feature works.

Meanwhile, the report said that Google's fact-checkers had "accused conservative sources of making claims that did not appear in their articles and disproportionately "fact-checked" conservative sources". "I expected to see some skewing of the results based on my extensive experience with Google, but I was not prepared for the blatant prioritization of left-leaning and anti-Trump media outlets", she wrote of her multiple attempts using computers registered to different users.

Google's spokesperson said its platform was not used to set a political agenda.

Google and Twitter shares closed down about 1 percent, while Facebook shares ticked down 0.68 percent. The answers that appear first are the ones Google's formulas, with some help from human content reviewers, deem to be the most authoritative, informative and relevant.

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