The Trump administration has blamed Google for biased search results for Trump and conservatives and considering to whether to regulate the search engine.
This morning, American President Trump tweeted his claims that there was a tendency for tech companies to suppress right-wing voices, and that Google manipulated its search results to show only negative reporting about him.
In a twitter spree Donald Trump said that:
“Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. 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 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!”
Trump said that the Google and others were hiding information and news that is good, and that this was a very serious situation that will be addressed.
Google denied that accusations that were put forward by American President and said that “it never biases its search results toward any political ideology.”
When Trump’s economic advisor Larry Kudlow was asked by reporters about this matter he said that the administration is currently taking a look at the possibility of government regulation and would tell and notify the media about it.
The dubious statistic of 96 percent of search results that Trump mentioned in his tweets were taken from a right-wing site PJ Media and many journalists have called this statistic shallow and unscientific.
The idea of bias in Google’s algorithms is also quite wrong. The search company uses a number of measures to weight its search rankings and factors like an outlet’s longevity, its reputation and its ability to fill stories with relevant keywords all play a part.
The rankings of a site differ from country to country, making objective analysis difficult.
Here’s the Google’s complete statement in reply of Trump:
“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. Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology.
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.”
Conservatives have used the same claims to attack tech companies like Facebook and Twitter recently, now they’re doing the same with the Google.