President Donald Trump attacked Google early Tuesday morning in a series of tweets, accusing the company of suppressing conservative news in searches and hiding the information that is true and good. The tweets came shortly after he wrote on Twitter that he has “done more for minority groups in this country than any president in decades.”
“….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!”
“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 also commented on the matter, taking the situation a step further.
When asked if Trump thinks Google should be regulated, Kudlow told reporters on Tuesday that “we’re taking a look at it.”
Meanwhile, stock in Google parent company Alphabet promptly sunk in pre-market trading.