White House to investigate Trump's claims of Google bias

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"Fake CNN is prominent".

Trump's attack against the Alphabet Inc. unit comes after a string of grievances against technology companies, including social media giants Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. "Between the moderately conservative Wall Street Journal, which draws Clinton and Trump supporters in equal shares, and the starkly partisan sites that draw Trump supporters by ratios of 4:1 or more, there are only a handful of sites". "We continually work to improve Google Search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment", read the statement.

Larry Kudlow, Trump's economic adviser, told reporters later at the White House that he was "taking a look" at Google.

As Google Search represents a product from Alphabet, a publicly traded company, it's unclear how the United States government could compel its largely automated service to behave differently.

That assertion, which Trump posted on his Twitter account, is backed up by scant evidence, and Google quickly responded by saying that "Search is not used to set a political agenda, and we don't bias our results toward any political ideology".

"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", the spokesperson said in a statement. He later called the situation "very serious" and added that it will be "addressed", without specifying when or how will he tackle the so-called issue of Google and media outlets trying to portray him in a negative image. But Trump has now turned his attention to Google calling it out for rigging the 'Search Results' and suppressing the good news about him and his followers as a whole. The segment cited the conservative PJ Media site, which said its analysis suggested "a pattern of bias against right-leaning content". The story was picked up by other conservative outlets including Breitbart.

Trump's tweets came the morning after Fox Business host Lou Dobbs aired an interview with the pro-Trump commentators Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, popularly known as Diamond and Silk.

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Google does not reveal the algorithms that power its search engine, or all the factors that go into why one news outlet would rank higher than another in search results.

PJMedia recently counted Trump-related search results and found that 96% of the most visible news articles were from publications that PJMedia found to skew liberal.

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U.S. member of Congress Ted Lieu, a Democrat, said in a tweet directed at Trump that such restrictions on Google would violate the U.S. Constitution: "If government tried to dictate the free speech algorithms of private companies, courts would strike it down in a nanosecond".

But that's hardly dissuaded some Republicans on Capitol Hill, where GOP lawmakers this year have already held two hearings focused on allegations of conservative bias.

Complaints that social-media services censor conservatives have increased as companies such as Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. try to curb the reach of conspiracy theorists, disinformation campaigns, foreign political meddling and abusive posters.

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