White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Tuesday said that the administration is “taking a look” at potentially regulating Google, following President Trump’s early-morning Twitter tirade criticizing the search giant
Q: "Does the president believe or does the administration feel that there needs to be some form of regulation for Google?"@larry_kudlow: "We'll let you know. We're taking a look at it." pic.twitter.com/H2yF4adlQR
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 28, 2018
Trump on Tuesday morning cited a story published over the weekend by conservative media outlet PJ Media that reported: “96 Percent of Google Search Results for ‘Trump’ News Are from Liberal Media Outlets.”
“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media,” Trump tweeted. “In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out.
“Illegal? 96% of results on ‘Trump News’ are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous,” he added. “Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!”
Google on Tuesday ripped into President Trump’s claims, denying his charges that their search results were “rigged” against conservative news outlets.
“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,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
“Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology,” the statement continues. “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.”
The Hill noted: “[Trump’s] accusations have little evidence behind them and are based on an analysis from conservative online media outlet PJ Media that has made the rounds in right-wing circles in recent days.”