President Trump threatens Google over allegedly "rigged" search results


US President Donald Trump has accused Google's search engine of promoting negative news articles and hiding "fair media" coverage of him, vowing to address the situation without providing evidence or giving details of what action he might take.

On Twitter, the president wrote in a pair of early morning tweets that a search in Google for "Trump News" yielded only "the viewing/reporting of Fake [News] Media".

Some Republican U.S. lawmakers have also raised concerns about social media companies removing content from some conservatives, and have called Twitter's chief executive to testify before a U.S. House of Representatives committee on September 5. "Illegal? 96% of results on 'Trump News" are from National Left-Wing Media, very risky.

Fox News' Shep Smith was baffled Tuesday by President Donald Trump's suggestions that companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter were somehow being unfair to "large portions of the population".

"Every year, we issue hundreds of improvements to our algorithms to ensure they surface high-quality content in response to users' queries", Google said. He said it's a "very serious situation" that "will be addressed!"

Smith responded to the assertion by saying Trump's claim "means nothing".

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Google denied the allegations and said its search results aren't politically biased.

The topic came up again on Dobbs' show on Fox Business Network on Monday night (Tuesday NZT), where pro-Trump vloggers Diamond and Silk called it "a form of political lynching" and encouraged the government to "step in and really check this out", Media Matters reported.

"They are controlling what we can and cannot see".

Then Trump went into a confused and rambling rant about social media and search.

Google's search results are tailored to the individual who is searching, such as their location.

Google said its goal was to find the most relevant links to user queries, as quickly as possible.

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And, on Tuesday, he doubled down on claims that Google "rigged" its results to show only bad news stories about him.

In July Mr Trump attacked the European Union's decision to fine Google $US 5.1 billion ($A6.85 billion) for "serious illegal behaviour". There was also a CNN account of Trump's decision to issue, several days late, a statement praising the late Sen.

Recently, the president has alleged that the internet is censoring conservative voices. He has maintained a running feud with Amazon and just last week claimed that social media companies are "silencing millions of people".

"Mexico will pay for the wall, as we all know", Smith said mockingly. As my Washington Post colleague Tony Romm reported, multiple Republican lawmakers on the panel used the hearing to accuse the companies of a litany of things that they believed were proof of bias.

This article was written by Isaac Stanley-Becker, a reporter for The Washington Post.

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