By Steve Dellar  |  08-28-2018   News
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US President Donald Trump has widened his criticism of social media platforms to now also include Google, whom he says favors left-wing news.

Mr. Trump stated that “Google search results for “Trump News” show only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. In other words, they have it rigged, for me & others, so that almost all stories and news is bad. Fake CNN is prominent.”

“Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of 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!”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&quot;We&#39;re taking a look at it,&quot; says WH econ advisor Larry Kudlow, asked if the Administration thinks Google searches should be regulated, following <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@POTUS</a> complaint today that it&#39;s rigged against him. <a href="https://t.co/6DJdhE0dyf">pic.twitter.com/6DJdhE0dyf</a></p>&mdash; Mark Knoller (@markknoller) <a href="https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/1034429503911677953?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 28, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The US President believes that the Silicon Valley company prioritizes negative news stories about him from what he described as the "national left-wing media" whilst conservative reporting was being "suppressed".

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">….results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google &amp; others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can &amp; cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!</p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1034456281120206848?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 28, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Google in response denied that it uses political viewpoints to shape the results of its algorithm. A spokesperson for the company said that "Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results toward any political ideology."

Related coverage: <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/35069-Midterms-2018-Social-Media-Reps-Held-Secretive-Meeting-To-Influence-Election-Result"> Midterms 2018 - Social Media Reps Held Secretive Meeting To Influence Election Result</a>.

"Every year, we issue hundreds of improvements to our algorithms to ensure they surface high-quality content in response to users' queries. We continually work to improve Google Search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump’s economic adviser says the administration is “taking a look” at potentially regulating Google<a href="https://t.co/lWeB0xMsVr">https://t.co/lWeB0xMsVr</a> <a href="https://t.co/GQ9LoCeQDy">pic.twitter.com/GQ9LoCeQDy</a></p>&mdash; The Verge (@verge) <a href="https://twitter.com/verge/status/1034456764249456643?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 28, 2018</a></blockquote>

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In a week from now, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg will be testifying on Capitol Hill over the claimed bias of their respective companies.

Related coverage: <a href="http://thegoldwater.com/news/34383-Twitter-CEO-Fully-Admits-Employees-Have-Largely-Left-Leaning-Bias-Video"> Twitter CEO "Fully Admits" Employees Have “Largely Left-Leaning Bias” (Video)</a>.

Mr. Dorsey has recently admitted, after being accused of censoring conservative voices on his platform, that Twitter’s personnel ‘leaned-left’.

Source:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1034456273306243076

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