Trump says Google is "suppressing voices of conservatives"

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Mr. Trump said results for "Trump News" is purposely set up to show CNN and "fake news media" to promote negative stories. He accused the search engine of not including Republican, Conservative and "Fair" media, a practice he dubbed illegal. "96% of results on "Trump News" are from National Left-Wing Media, very risky". And, anecdotally, when I tried the search myself this morning, hours after his tweets, the top results were a Fox News article about Tiger Woods saying that people should respect the office of the president-and CNN and Washington Post articles offering critical analysis of Trump's tweets from this morning. And we will continue to call them out every step of the way. "We continually work to improve Google Search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment". Google search ranks news by freshness, relevance, traffic, quality, and credibility. The more popular a website relative to the number of searched keywords the higher it will appear in users' search results.

A search for "why is the sky blue?" for example, yields initial results from NASA, universities and "Scientific American".

First, Trump is complaining that the top results are from "Fake News". That is even though Trump has derided some of these outlets as "fake news".

Allegations of social media bias and censorship have made their way to Congress, where lawmakers have held two hearings this year on the so-called practice of "social media filtering". But, while some company executives may lean liberal, they have long asserted that their products are without political bias, and indeed no such bias has been proven.

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Trump's tweets will only serve to fuel the conspiracy and turn more of his base against the (again, professional) mainstream media in favour of unaccountable sites like Twitchy.

He also alleged that 96 percent "of results on "Trump News" are from National Left-Wing Media", but he did not say where the data was coming from. Each URL was then assessed for political slant by politically active individuals from both the left and right. Sinclair is a significant outlet for conservative views.

"Illegal", Trump tweeted early Tuesday, in his latest claim of bias on the part of a news or social media company. But the criteria by which Google selects news outlets and stories to feature-criteria which include longevity, reputation, linking, search history, and more-are known. "But it got much, much worse when I analyzed the first 100 items that Google returned in a search for news on 'Trump.' CNN, by a wide margin, appeared most frequently, with almost twice as many results returned as the second-place finisher, The Washington Post".

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