Donald Trump recently lashed out at Google accusing the search giant of rigging the search results against him in a series of tweets posted on Tuesday. He made bold claims against Google saying that it displays only negative news about the president when searching for his name.
“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media,” Trump’s tweet read. “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?”
Trump added that fake news media make up for almost 96 percent of the news displayed in Google’s search for Trump News, but he did not offer any evidence supporting his claim. He accused the search engine of not including Republican, conservative and fair media.
“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!” the US President noted in his tweet.
Later in the day, Trump said that Google has really taken advantage of a lot of people. He went on to advise Google and Twitter and Facebook to be careful in future.
“Google and Twitter and Facebook, they’re really treading on very, very troubled territory, and they have to be careful,” Trump told reporters. “It’s not fair to large portions of the population.”
In response to the allegations made by Trump, Google said that its search feature is not used to set a political agenda and doesn’t bias results toward any political ideology. A Google spokesperson said that the company continues to improve Google Search. He explained that the search engine never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.
The spokesperson added that when users search for content, “our goal is to make sure they receive the most relevant answers in a matter of seconds.”
Trump’s economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, told reporters at the White House that the administration was taking a look at Google, without providing any further details.