President Trump has recently accused Google of skewing search results against positive coverage in the White House. The Washington Examiner reports:
President Trump, chafing against news coverage he says is unfair, accused search-engine operator Google of suppressing positive stories about him and threatening a government response.
“This is a very serious serious situation — will be addressed,” he wrote on Twitter, the social media platform where he has more than 50 million followers. The president and Congressional Republicans have all accused tech companies based in liberal-leaning Silicon Valley of suppressing news favorable to them, a claim their executives have denied in a number of hearings.
What action the president might attempt wasn’t immediately clear. Constitutional guarantees bar the government from restricting freedom of speech or the press, but not private companies or individuals, and Google, Facebook and Twitter have all denied presenting content in a way that favors either end of the political spectrum.
“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media,” the president wrote on Twitter. “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?”
Whether Google actually is skewing results is unclear, but conservatives at large are skeptical about Big Tech’s political leanings.