President Trump threatens Google over allegedly "rigged" search results

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                    Donald Trump has accused Google of rigging search engine to show'bad news about him

Trump then said it would be "addressed".

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWeird Al joins Hollywood Walk of Fame: "Please don't pickaxe my star" Vietnam veteran gives Cindy McCain his war medallion GOP senator warns Trump: Anyone who trash-talks McCain "deserves a whipping" MORE twice hit out at tech giants on Tuesday, raising the stakes for companies that are already in the political firing line. "They're treading on troubled territory". "It's not fair to large portions of the population".

In July, Republicans accused Google, Twitter and Facebook of bias against conservatives at a hearing about "content filtering" practices of major tech companies.

"They have it RIGGED, for me & others", he said, blaming Google, part of Alphabet Inc., for what he said was unsafe action that promoted mainstream media outlets such as CNN and suppressed conservative political voices. "Fake CNN is prominent", he wrote.

This was just the latest example of Trump making the case that social media and internet companies are biased against conservative voices, but there is little if no evidence that it is systematic.

"Google search results for "Trump News" shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media". Google's crawlers scan pages more frequently if they change regularly.

"Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results toward any political ideology", the company said in a statement.

Google's search algorithm results are ranked on a number of factors, including personalisation, and are supposed "to promote original journalism, as well as to expose users to diverse perspectives".

Asked whether Trump thinks Google should be subject to some regulation, Larry Kudlow, the president's top economic adviser, told reporters only that "we're taking a look".




Trump's discovery came a week after his former lawyer pleaded guilty to attempting to sway the 2016 election in Trump's favor-at the direction of Trump, according to court filings-by paying an adult film star to maintain her silence about an affair she says she had with the president, and after former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight counts of tax and bank fraud. "Illegal? 96% of results on "Trump News" are from National Left-Wing Media, very unsafe".

The president slammed the tech giant for "rigging" search results to suppress conservative voices.

In supporting this allegation, she goes to Google and looks through the first hundred listings on the search engine results page.

United States member of Congress Ted Lieu, a Democrat, said in a tweet directed at Trump: "If government tried to dictate the free speech algorithms of private companies, courts would strike it down in a nanosecond".

Classic left-leaning Washington Post move, trying to jam facts and an understanding of the search engine in question down our throats.

In the past, federal courts have found that search engine results are protected speech because they resemble the editorial content produced by more traditional sources of information, such as newspapers and books.

"Instead of yet another @realDonaldTrump conspiracy theory, the simpler explanation is that when @POTUS behaves badly, such as by ripping kids from parents or disrespecting an American hero, most of the free press reports it", Lieu tweeted.

"They're using the platforms to complain about the platforms", said Michael Beckerman, the president of the Internet Association, which represents Facebook, Google and Twitter in Washington, District of Columbia.

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