Bias: Trump claims Google rigs search results
The Trump administration this week declared it would look into regulating Google, said Tony Romm in The Washington Post. The move follows President Trump’s predawn tweets alleging the search engine giant “manipulates its search results to prominently display negative stories about him.” Trump said that search returns for “Trump News” were “RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD.” The call for regulations, which would “challenge protections around free speech,” may have been inspired by a Fox News segment that asserted that videos with conservative commentary were “suppressed” by Google-owned YouTube.
The president’s bias accusations, which he later extended to include Facebook and Twitter, land “at a difficult moment for the tech industry,” said Adam Satariano in The New York Times. The conservative campaign against tech “has become more pointed” since Apple, Google, and Facebook removed content from right-wing conspiracy theorist and Trump supporter Alex Jones. But the view that “something must be done” to rein in the influence of Big Tech has grown “across the political spectrum.” Executives from Twitter and Facebook will testify next week at a Senate intelligence hearing on their efforts to prevent foreign election interference. ■