President Donald Trump says Google search results for “Trump News” show only negative coverage about him.
The results present “only the viewing/reporting of Fake New (sic) Media,” the president tweeted early Tuesday. He said it’s a “very serious situation” that “will be addressed!”
“In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of … ” he wrote in the first of two tweets at 5:24 a.m. ET.
” …results on ‘Trump News’ are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!” he continued.
A few hours later, Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the administration is “taking a look” at whether Google and its search engine should be regulated by the government, The Washington Post reported.
Google denied any political bias in its search rankings.
“Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology,” said a Google spokesperson in an emailed statement. “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.”
A number of the biggest internet and social media companies have drawn flak for the perception that they reflect a liberal bias. During hearings at the US Congress in April, for instance, Facebook CEOabout whether Facebook was curbing conservative points of view, especially as personified by the media personalities Diamond and Silk.
Earlier this month, Trump accused social media companies of “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices” in a series of tweets after far-right conspiracy theorist and Infowars host Alex Jones was banned from several major tech platforms.
On Friday, Trump expanded on the point, saying that social media companies “are silencing millions of people” and that people must be allowed to “figure out what is real, and what is not, without censorship!”
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
First published Aug. 28, 5:22 a.m. PT.
Update, 7:30 a.m. PT: Adds Larry Kudlow comments and Google statement.
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