Is “Trump News” Proof Of Google Censorship? Not So Fast

Trump’s tweets accusing Google of bias say more about his presidency than they do about Google.

President Donald Trump poses for a portrait in the Oval Office in Washington after an interview with The Associated Press. April 21, 2017 (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump poses for a portrait in the Oval Office in Washington after an interview with The Associated Press. April 21, 2017 (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

At 5:24 am Tuesday morning, the President of the United States sent out a series of tweets attacking Google, claiming that they are rigging their search results to display negative news about him and suppressing conservative media. Trump then said it would be “addressed.” He then deleted them and sent them out later in the morning.

Trump’s economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the Trump administration is looking into whether Google search results should be regulated. Google ($GOOG) opened 6pts lower this morning.

Like most of his Twitter tirades, this was apparently triggered by a Fox News segment. Lou Dobbs used a dubious source which labels The New York Times and The Washington Post as far-left. Thread:

Google responded:

If you know anything about how Google’s search engine works, you know these are lies. Google search ranks news by freshness, relevance, traffic, quality, and credibility. So if “Trump News” is surfacing negative stories, that’s because Trump is being covered negatively by most credible news outlets, likely because he was doing something worthy of condemnation. And if there aren’t many conservative sources surfacing, which is not the case, that’s likely because conservative media tends to publish false content.

NBC News‘ take was spot on:

This is just the latest baseless attempt by the President to decry what he is falsely claiming is censorship. As tech companies continue to purge their feeds of trolls, bots, fake news, and hateful content, expect more of these claims from the President and conservatives. They will continue to use the guise of free speech. And we will continue to call them out every step of the way.

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