Google denied President Donald Trump’s claim that the search engine giant was displaying only negative news about him when searching for his name, saying that they don’t favor search results for political purposes.
“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,” Google, whose parent company is Alphabet, said in a statement.
“Search is not used to set a political agenda,” Google added.
Early Tuesday Trump attacked Google in a series of tweets, accusing the tech giant of suppressing conservative news in searches and hiding the information that is true and good.
“….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 President tweeted.
“Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New 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…”
The Washington Post wrote that it’s unclear whether the President had Googled himself, or whether he was referring to a recent piece in PJ Media, a conservative blog, alleging that 96 percent of Google search results for news about Trump were from “left-leaning news outlets.”
The search results that appear on any Google page are decided by an algorithm that brings in a whole host of factors, many of which remain known only to Google itself. Results are also influenced by previous browsing and search history, and that may be happening to the president.
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow commented on the matter further taking the claim a step further.
When asked if Trump thinks Google should be regulated, Kudlow told reporters Tuesday that “we’re taking a look at it.”.
Meanwhile, stock in Google parent company Alphabet promptly sunk in pre-market trading.