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Trump says Google search results are ‘rigged’ against him, conservatives

Trump says Google search results are ‘rigged’ against him, conservatives

Fox News' Shep Smith was baffled Tuesday by President Donald Trump's suggestions that companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter were somehow being unfair to "large portions of the population".

Google on Tuesday refuted United States President Donald Trump accusations that it was rigging its search engine to show only negative reportage of him.Trump took to Twitter to accuse the firm of suppressing conservative voices to hide news reports that portray him in a good light. Additionally, while Google uses manual quality raters to test new algorithm changes, they do not use them on live search results. Fake CNN is prominent.

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

Congressional sources cautioned that it may be hard for Trump to find a way to probe Google about news search results, and that Congress is unlikely to pass any applicable laws.

The Mountain View, California-based tech company says it makes "hundreds of improvements" to its algorithms every year to ensure "high-quality content" is returned in response to users' queries.

"Google is really taking advantage of a lot of people, and I think that's a very serious thing", Trump claimed.

"I told you so!"

Trump offered no details on what if any actions he might take, but a top White House aide suggested the administration may look at some type of regulation in response to the president's complaints.

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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. Earlier this month, he accused social media companies, which include Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc, of censorship.

Google disputed Trump's claim, saying the company does not favour search results for political purposes.

CNBC reported Trump's concerns "couldn't be more timely". Twitter and Facebook have both denied bias in policing their platforms.

"Is Google manipulating its algorithm to prioritize left-leaning news outlets in their coverage of President Trump?" asked Paula Bolyard, the "supervising editor" of the site who describes herself on Twitter as a Christian, a constitutional conservative and a "Cultural nonconformist".

Video: In an August 28 tweet, President Trump accused Google of "suppressing voices of Conservatives".

Democratic Representative Ted Lieu of California maintained that Trump's comments merely show he refuses to tolerate negative news coverage. "If the right is silenced, billions of people will be cut off from conservative ideas and conservative media", Newsbusters said. The president has used the platform to accuse technology companies of political bias.

Highly trafficked and cited websites like CNN.com and NYTimes.com, two of the most Trump's most frequent targets, often appear first in search results.


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