Why Trump Attacked Google
Guess who Donald Trump is bashing this time around? It is search giant, Google.
On Tuesday, Trump accused Google of promoting negative news articles and hiding “fair media” coverage of him, vowing to address the situation without providing evidence or giving details of action he might take.
Trump’s attack against Google follows a string of grievances against technology companies, including social media platforms; Twitter and Facebook, which he has accused of silencing conservative voices, and Amazon.com, which he has said is hurting small businesses and benefiting from a favourable deal with the U.S. Postal Services.
Check out the tweet here:
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
He frequently berates news outlets for what he perceives as unfair coverage.
Google denied any political bias, saying in a statement that its search engine is “not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology.”
Trump said in several tweets on Tuesday that Google search results for “Trump News” were “rigged” against him because they showed only coverage from outlets like CNN and not conservative publications, suggesting the practice was illegal.
“I think Google is really taking advantage of our people,” Trump said on Tuesday in the Oval Office.
“Google, and Twitter and Facebook, they are really treading on very, very troubled territory, and they have to be careful. It’s not fair to large portions of the population.”
Facebook and Twitter didn’t respond to Trump’s accusations. But in congressional testimony sometime within the year, both companies had denied engaging in partisan censorship.
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