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Trump claims Google ‘rigged’ searches against him but company denies it

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President Trump claimed on Tuesday that Google has rigged searches against him and has prioritized “fake news” articles relating to him.

Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New 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

….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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2018

The results are “rigged” against him and other conservatives, he wrote on Twitter.

Trump also alleged that 96 percent “of results on ‘Trump News’ are from National Left-Wing Media” but he did not identify a source or any evidence. He appeared to be referring to a story published over the weekend by conservative media company PJ Media that reported “96 Percent of Google Search Results for ‘Trump’ News Are from Liberal Media Outlets.”

The president followed the two-part tweet on Google with two seemingly unrelated posts: one quoting conservative commentator Lou Dobbs, who said Trump had “done more for minority groups” than any other recent president, and another about the rising stock market.

A Google spokesperson pushed back on the president’s allegations, however, saying its search engine algorithm doesn’t include any consideration of politics.

“When users type queries into the Google Search bar, our goal is to make sure they receive the most relevant answers in a matter of seconds,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “Search 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,” the spokesperson added.

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H/T: ABC

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