Following the U.S President Donald Trump’s accusatory tweet on Tuesday morning, Google released a statement on the same day denying that it’s algorithms favor liberal media outlets over right-wing ones.
President Donald Trump went on to claim that Google search results for “Trump News” reports fake news. He accused the search engines’ algorithms of being rigged.
The 96% statistics were apparently taken from the results of a PJ Media investigation into Google News searches for the word “Trump”. The news came with a headline “96 Percent of Google Search Results for ‘Trump’ News Are from Liberal Media Outlets.“
Writer Paula Bolyard said she made the assessment after typing “Trump News” into Google’s ‘News’ tab across multiple computers, and then analyzed the top results against conservative journalist Sharyl Attkisson’s media bias chart. Trump has been tweeting since late July about discriminatory practices on Twitter and other social media sites more broadly and now his focus on Google is making rounds on the internet.
Google’s spokesperson Riva Sciuto, addressed these accusations by stating that hundreds of improvements are done to the search giant’s algorithms each year to ensure that they surface high-quality content and the most relevant answers in response to users’ queries. Google testifies that setting a political agenda was never entertained nor were its search results biased toward any political ideology
These allegations- based on an analysis from the conservative online media outlet has little evidence behind them.
“Google and Twitter and Facebook, they’re really treading on very, very troubled territory. And they have to be careful,” the president said later on Tuesday. “It’s not fair to large portions of the population.”
Just 9 hours ago, the President posted another video with the caption #StopTheBias claiming that Google had promoted Barack Obama’s state of the union address on its homepage but refused to do the same for Trump once he got elected as the president.
The Trump administration on Tuesday said it might explore regulating Google, an effort that would challenge protections around free speech online.