After Fake News, US President Trump Slams 'Rigged' Search Engine Results

Trump Google suppressing conservative voices hiding ‘good’ news and information

President Donald Trump is accusing Google and other U.S. tech companies of rigging search results about him "so that nearly all stories and news are BAD" - and though he is offering no evidence, a top adviser says the White House is "taking a look" at whether Google should face federal regulation.

"Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results toward any political ideology", a Google spokesperson said in an email after Trump's attack on the internet giant.

Boylard based her judgments on the political leanings of media outlets on a list by Sharyl Attkisson, host of Sinclair Television's "Full Measure" and author of "The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, Think, and How You Vote".

"Suggested stories are selected by computer algorithms based on your past activity on Google", the company says. And I think what Google and what others are doing if you look at what's going on at Twitter, if you look at what's going on in Facebook, they better be careful, because you can't do that to people.

Democratic Representative Ted Lieu of California maintained that Trump's comments merely show he refuses to tolerate negative news coverage. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good.

"Their job is essentially to model the world as it is", said Pete Meyers, a marketing scientist at Moz, which builds tools to help companies improve how they show up in search results. Experts suggested that Trump's comments showed a misunderstanding of how search engines work. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg are among those who will attend the hearings to respond to allegations of censorship. I use Google Chrome as my main browser, and it's possible that's the reason those news sources appeared more often for me. The story was picked up by other conservative outlets including Breitbart. "Between the moderately conservative Wall Street Journal, which draws Clinton and Trump supporters in equal shares, and the starkly partisan sites that draw Trump supporters by ratios of 4:1 or more, there are only a handful of sites". Google denied these accusations of political bias, saying searching results are controlled by constantly-updated algorithms. Back in 2003, searches for "miserable failure" resulted in websites for then-President George W. Bush, and that was countered the next year with "waffles" searches pointing to the website of then-presidential candidate John Kerry. Illegal? 96 per cent of results on "Trump News" are from National Left-Wing Media, very risky.

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On Tuesday, White House Chief Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow said the administration is looking at whether it can regulate Google searches.

The PJ Media analysis "is in no way scientific", said Joshua New, a senior policy analyst with the Center for Data Innovation.

Google does not reveal the algorithms that power its search engine, or all the factors that go into why one news outlet would rank higher than another in search results.

The search results do take into account other signals such as the user's geographic location and browsing history.

Despite Trump's comments, it's unclear what he or Congress could do to influence how internet companies distribute online news.

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