Google rejects Trump claim of political search 'bias'


A query Tuesday morning several hours after the president tweeted showed stories from CNN, ABC News, Fox News and the MarketWatch business site, among others. "They truly have taken advantage of the USA, but not for long!"

Kudlow's suggestion that the White House would work towards regulating Google's search results to offer a more positive view of a president whose approval rating has never been recorded as higher than 45 percent, according to Gallup, was condemned by journalists and political observers on social media.

"In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that nearly all stories & news is BAD", he wrote. Fake CNN is prominent.

Trump's claim appears to be based on a recent blog post on the conservative site, PJ Media.

A screen shot of a mix of stories after a Google search for "Trump news".

He said: "They are controlling what we can and cannot see".

Trump said it was "very dangerous" and a "serious situation-will be addressed".

Google uses a complex algorithm to decide what results users are presented with, though its exact workings remain a closely guarded corporate secret.

In fact, just this weekend, Twitter determined an attack against Dana Loesch's children did not constitute a violation of its terms of service. "We're taking a look at it". In July, he accused Twitter of using a "discriminatory and illegal practice" to silence conservative voices.

In late July when he said Twitter was "shadow banning prominent Republicans". He did not specify what actions he would take, or say what laws may have been violated. Twitter denied the claim.

Diamond and Silk, who previously were caught lying under oath about a payment they received from the Trump campaign, become a GOP cause celebré after Facebook sent them an erroneous message deeming their content "unsafe".

Trump has made similar complaints recently, but he targeted Google on Tuesday. He has previously accused social media companies, which include Twitter and Facebook, of censorship. That is even though Trump has derided some of these outlets as "fake news".

A search for "Trump News" shortly after the president's posts returned three top stories. Among his most consistent refrains is "Fake News", which more often than not refers to news that is entirely true but unflattering to the president.

It seems that someone needs to explain the concept of SEO to President Donald Trump after another early morning tweetstorm, this time aimed at search results on Google.

"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", said Riva Sciuto, a Google spokesperson.