Trump Slams Google, Says Bias Against Conservatives 'Will Be Addressed'

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                    Donald Trump has accused Google of rigging search engine to show'bad news about him

Kevin Lamarque Reuters Donald Trump has accused Google of rigging search engine to show'bad news about him

"I think Google has really taken advantage of a lot of people, and I think that's a very serious thing". Smith said. "It seems to be the news itself because, around there, it's not good".

On Tuesday morning, the 45th president of the United States woke up around 5:30am Eastern Time and made a decision to begin his Tuesday by berating the "Fake New Media", claiming that Google was somehow "rigged" so that "all stories & news is BAD". "In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that nearly all stories & news is BAD", he tweeted.

It is likely that the United States president was referring to a viral news story posted on Saturday by the website PJ Media, which concluded that the vast majority of Google News results for the president were from left-leaning outlets. Trump's tweet came after reports that several high-ranking conservatives believed the social network was blocking them from showing up in its search function.

Update 9:55am CT, Aug. 28: In a statement, Google said the president's assessment of their search tool was inaccurate.

At first, we chose to test this by punching "Trump News" into Google Search and the first story on top came from the only source of news that Trump likes, FOX News.

In a Twitter firestorm unleashed at 5:30am this morning local time (7.30pm AEST) Mr Trump wrote that nearly all of the news stories he saw were "bad" and that "fake" news was prominent.

"While not scientific, the results suggest a pattern of bias against right-leaning content".

The firm has revealed that a user's search history will affect the results, so it is possible that Trump's focus on negative stories about himself skewed his search.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post. Finally, we used CanIRank's SEO software to analyze how each URL compared in dozens of different ranking factors to determine whether Google's algorithm treated websites similarly regardless of their political slant.

A Google representative didn't respond to a request for comment on the bias claim, at the time of publication.

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Trump tweeted before dawn: "This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!"

"We'll let you know", Kudlow said. "We look at behavior".

Google is immensely secretive about how it ranks search results and news stories, and is attempting to personalise its Google News service towards its users' preferences.

Google is the latest target in Mr. Trump's complaints that some portions of the news media and social media are biased against conservatives.

Classic left-leaning Washington Post move, trying to jam facts and an understanding of the search engine in question down our throats.

Trump's comments marked a major escalation in allegations of anti-conservative censorship against Google, Facebook and Twitter, which some in the tech industry worry could undermine the public's trust in the web as a marketplace of ideas.

These individuals follow a set of guidelines to judge the quality of search results, particularly when Google engineers are considering changes to the search algorithm. Rep Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, asked Facebook about falling traffic for controversial conspiracy site Gateway Pundit.

A test conducted by The Epoch Times on August 28, using similar methods, found similar results.

Soon, it will be Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey's turn.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg are expected to testify on Capitol Hill on September 5, when the issue is expected to be raised by GOP lawmakers. Of course, PJ Media found Fox and WSJ weren't affected by this "bias" because their numbers are actually comparable to the former group of "left-wing" outlets (see below).

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