White House 'taking a look' at regulating Google

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

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

On Twitter, the president wrote in a pair of early morning tweets that a search in Google for "Trump News" yielded only "the viewing/reporting of Fake [News] Media". When you consider that Trump's deemed every non-Fox News outlet to be "Fake News" - including the sites for CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post - then, sure, this would fit his narrative.

Some Republican U.S. lawmakers have also raised concerns about social media companies removing content from some conservatives, and have called Twitter's chief executive to testify before a U.S. House of Representatives committee on September 5.

Donald Trump has used a series of early morning tweets to complain that Google's news service is "rigged" against him and has pledged to address this "very serious" situation.

"I told you so!"

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Previously President Trump has called the press "the enemy of the people", "very risky and sick" and "fake news".

Google uses a complex algorithm to decide what results users are presented with, though its exact workings remain a closely guarded corporate secret.

The reporter determined the political bias of the sites appearing in results using a chart by former CNN journalist Sharyl Attkisson. Mainstream media outlets attacked Trump's suggestion as a "conspiracy theory", but there is reason to think tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon are biased against conservatives.

In a previous investigation, the FTC decided that Google was likely justified in developing a search function that harmed other companies.

Aside from the absurdity of Trump believing that Google's algos are being mean to him, can we talk about the absurdity that Larry Fucking Kudlow's first response is to call for government regulation of private enterprise?

Millions of Americans understand the sentiment behind Trump's tweets. Google, Facebook and Twitter, you can't do that to people.

Still, to suggest Google's search algorithm operates under partisan filters represents a clear misunderstanding of how Google's search feature works.

The President alleged Google was "suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good".

The PJ Media article that led to Trump's claim turned this into a conspiracy in part by defining nearly all major national news outlets in the United States as on the left, compared to a number of smaller, opinionated and even conspiratorial sites on the right. "If the right is silenced, billions of people will be cut off from conservative ideas and conservative media", Newsbusters said.

Placing a weight on search results for non-trusted, conspiratorial websites known for listing outright lies is going to massively skew the studies results - especially at a time when Google is fighting to slow the spread of fake news in its search results.

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