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“We’ll let you know,” he said.
Earlier, Trump expressed frustration on Twitter that when Americans type “Trump News” into the search engine, it generates mostly negative news about him while conservative media is \”shut out.\”
Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media. 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…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2018
Google said in a statement that its search engine is not designed with the intent of promoting a political ideology but is instead aimed at generating \”high-quality content\” in response to user queries.
“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,\” said Riva Sciuto, a Google spokesperson.
\”Search is not used to set a political agenda, and we don\’t bias our results toward any political ideology,\” Sciuto said. \”We continually work to improve Google Search, and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.\”
Trump and Kudlow raised the prospect of regulating the company days before executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google are set to answer questions on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee will question industry leaders during a Sept. 5 in a hearing focused on Russian interference in U.S. elections.
Trump\’s decision to weigh in on Google came as the White House has been under siege for its handling of the death of Arizona Sen. John McCain. Trump faced criticism from veterans groups and lawmakers on Monday for raising the U.S. flag over the White House two days after it had been lowered to honor his former rival.
Hours after that criticism erupted, Trump took the rare step of reversing his position, ordering the flag back down and issuing public remarks praising McCain.
White House aides did not immediately respond to questions about Trump\’s use of Google or what prompted his tweet on Tuesday. Trump\’s tweet followed a report in a conservative media outlet over the weekend that suggested most Google search results for Trump pull up \”liberal media outlets.\”
The headline of that story indicated that \”96 percent\” of results on Google are anti-Trump, the same percentage that Trump cited in his tweet.
The prospect of regulating Google’s search algorithms drew quick pushback from some Democrats on Capitol Hill.
“You should read the First Amendment,” Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., tweeted to Trump. “Google has the right to, for example, prioritize cute cat videos over weird Alex Jones rants.
“If government tried to dictate the free speech algorithms of private companies,” he wrote, “courts would strike it down in a nanosecond.”
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Trump aide says president weighing regulations on Google search engine that he considers \’rigged\’
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said President Donald Trump is considering regulations on Google\’s search engine to address his concern that it turns up too many negative stories about him.
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