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Trump: News on Google is “rigged” against him

Posted at 8:35 AM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 10:35:45-04

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to claim that Google is rigging its search results against him by primarily showing “bad” news stories about him and shutting out conservative news organizations.

Google is “hiding information and news that is good,” he wrote on Tuesday morning. “They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!”

Google, which didn’t immediately return a request for comment, is the latest target in Mr. Trump’s complaints that some portions of the news media and social media are biased against conservatives. Earlier this month, Mr. Trump tweeted, “Social Media Giants are silencing millions of people.”

Google’s search results are tailored to the individual who is searching, such as their location. It’s unclear whether Mr. Trump was tweeting the results he received for Googling his own name, or if he was responding to a piece in the conservative blog PJ Media that claims “96 percent of Google search results for ‘Trump’ news are from liberal media outlets.”

To be sure, Mr. Trump’s tweet repeated the assertion from PJ Media’s article, which didn’t include an assessment of the amount of content created by different news organizations nor the size of their readership.