Google is correcting the president.
Earlier today, President Donald Trump accused Google of rigging results in its search engine to favor unflattering articles about him.
….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
Trump did not clarify how exactly the situation would be addressed or where his citing of “96% of results” came from. However, the statistic presumably came from the right wing site PJ Media. The writer who originally cited the 96% statistic did so by googling “Trump news” then compared the results to an unsubstantiated chart that divided various media companies as “left” or “right.” It was picked up by Lou Dobbs at Fox Business, which ran a segment on the false claim.
One of the dumbest things — and there are many — about Trump’s Google tweets via Lou Dobbs is the false construction that media outlets are either left-or-right.
Dobbs used this chart, which looks like someone just threw outlet names down at random and said, “looks right!" pic.twitter.com/NNPo4uEBXK
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) August 28, 2018
Trump later elaborated on the comments.
I think what Google and what others are doing, if you look at what’s going on with Twitter, if you look at what’s going on with Facebook, they better be careful because you can’t do that to people. So I think that 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.
Google jumped into the fray with a statement denying such political rigging of search results:
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. Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology. 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.
According to Trump advisor Larry Kudlow, Trump’s team is “taking a look” at regulating Google searches. In addition, the House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to hold a hearing on the matter early next month.
But Google isn’t the only one calling out the president.
Except that you are wrong.
When we Googled Hillary we got Uranium one, pizza gate, and other bs.
And for Obama we got the stupid birth certificate theory that YOU started.
GOP voices arent being suppressed. They are leading the lies.
— CountessofNambia (@theClaudiaInez) August 28, 2018
Barack Obama created the US Digital Service. His FCC protected Net Neutrality. He was the first president to write a line of code.
Donald Trump doesn't know how the internet works. https://t.co/yDrfonvSzo
— Randy Bryce (@IronStache) August 28, 2018
Trump now appears to be threatening to force Google to promote positive stories about him. The reason all the news about you seems bad, Donny, is because you keep doing bad stuff and all your associates keep getting charged with crimes and implicating you. https://t.co/McM5PvlVD5
— Jonathan Riley (@JonRiley7) August 28, 2018
And it opened the door for some Google-themed jokes as well.
If you Google "Trump news" now, you get results about Trump complaining about Google being rigged against him.
Now that's karma.
— JRehling (@JRehling) August 28, 2018
Trump officially ruined any chance that he'll ever be the Google Doodle.
— deray (@deray) August 28, 2018
The allegations that entire institutions are rigged against him is no new accusation from the president.