In response to allegations tweeted by United States President Donald Trump on Twitter Tuesday, August 28, Google has issued its official press statement saying that company doesn’t design its search engine landing page results based on political beliefs.
On his two tweets, Donald Trump claimed that Google searches for “Trump News” emerged mostly negative reportage of him from left-wing media agencies and that the Mountain View-headquartered tech giant was “suppressing” right-wing voices. “This is a very serious situation-will be addressed,” President Trump wrote.
“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter at 5:24 a.m. “In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD.”
“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,” an official Google spokesperson told CNBC.
“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.”
President Donald Trump made a similar argues about Twitter in July 2018. Earlier this year, a judge dismissed a lawsuit against the search engine giant that claimed YouTube was censoring conservatives.
Next week, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and a representative from Google are slated to appear before the House of Congress to discuss matters including censorship and election intercession.
The tech industry is also facing the odds of more regulation. Officials from many of the giant internet companies will also face interrogations next week at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about efforts to prevent foreign interference in the midterm elections in November.
President Trump’s sway at Google is a keen change from last month, when he came with the company’s defense after European regulators penalized Google with $5.1 billion fine for antitrust violations. At that time, Trump called Google one of United States’ greatest companies.