Trump Threatens Action Against Google
In a series of tweets on Tuesday President Donald Trump accused Google and “others” of suppressing conservative voices and hiding “good news.”
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….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2018
Trump continued, “….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 did not provide evidence of censorship or specific details nor did he discuss how he might address the matter.
In a statement, Google said the search engine said it does not “bias” search results.
The search engine “is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology … We continually work to improve Google Search, and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment,” Google said.
White House chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday that the administration is considering imposing regulations on Google.
When asked about the matter Kudlow told reporters, “We’re taking a look at it.”
“We’re just gonna do some investigations, some analysis, that’s what we do,” Kudlow added.
When pressed by reporters that Trump’s theory of censorship was not credible Kudlow said, “This is above my pay grade.”
Google uses “spiders,” software applications that search the internet and index web pages by keywords.
A search performed just now for “Trump News” generated a top result of a Fox News story, a media outlet the president considers supportive of his efforts.
This isn’t the first time Trump has expressed concerns about large technology companies censoring conservative users. Earlier this month Trump told Reuters that “it’s very dangerous” when Facebook and Twitter self-regulate content.
Trump said, “I won’t mention names, but when they take certain people off of Twitter or Facebook, and they’re making that decision, that is really a dangerous thing because that could be you tomorrow.”
Trump’s latest complaint comes just weeks after major social media platforms banned controversial radio host Alex Jones for violating content policies. Facebook, Apple, and Twitter either suspended Jones or took down some of this content.
Facebook and Twitter are private companies and, legally, can ban accounts for violating community policies or guidelines.