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Trump threatens to regulate search results

Paul Brislen, Editor. 29 August 2018, 7:19 am

Donald Trump has today lashed out at US tech giant Google for allegedly hiding the good news stories about his presidency and raised the spectre of regulating the search engine business, presumably to ensure that only positive stories are reported.

Without any irony, Trump blasted Google and the "fake news media" for consistently reporting negatively about his term in office, while apparently tucking away any positive coverage during a search for "trump news".

Google's algorithms for search results are, reportedly, based on the web of links to and from websites, so mainstream media, such as CNN, NBC, Fox and others, tend to dominate the first page of results in any search for high-profile news stories.

That hasn't deterred the president from calling on his office to investigate whether or not it can regulate search engine results. Larry Kudlow, Trump's economic adviser, says the White House is "taking a look at it".

In a statement published in the Washington Post, Google, says its searches aren't politically biased.

"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. Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results toward any political ideology."


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