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Google Rejects Trump's Accusation of Bias

But White House says it is looking into possibility of some kind of regulation
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2018 12:34 PM CDT
President Trump points to supporters after speaking during a rally Aug. 21, 2018, in Charleston, W.Va.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – President Trump on Tuesday accused Google of suppressing conservative views in search results, and the tech giant has responded. It's just not so, says a company statement sent to Business Insider. "Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results toward any political ideology," says the statement, which adds that Google is constantly tweaking its algorithms in order to return "high-quality content" when its users search. "We never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment." Related coverage:

  • What now? Asked whether the White House feels that some kind of regulation is necessary for Google, economic adviser Larry Kudlow didn't rule out the possibility. "We'll let you know. We're taking a look at it," he told reporters, per Politico.
  • The source: As previously noted, Trump's accusatory tweets echoed a post at the conservative PJ Media blog. Read it here. The site conducted its own unscientific experiment and concluded that 96% of results for "Trump" news come from "left-leaning and anti-Trump media outlets." Examples of those sites were CBS News, USA Today, Politico, and CNN. It said right-leaning sites were poorly represented, including the National Review, the Weekly Standard, and Breitbart. Exceptions it cited include Fox News and the Wall Street Journal.

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