'Better Be Careful.' President Trump Warns Tech Companies After Google Tweets

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                    Donald Trump has accused Google of rigging search engine to show'bad news about him

Kevin Lamarque Reuters Donald Trump has accused Google of rigging search engine to show'bad news about him

"Google search results for "Trump News" shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media". As other reporters noted, the top news result this morning listed under a Google search for "Trump News" was from Fox News. Fake CNN is prominent.

Right-wing media (we use the term loosely) in the U.S. has recently begun to talk about the suppression of conservative voices in preference of more progressive results, and Trump played into the theory on Twitter on Tuesday.

'This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!'

It's also not obvious what law Trump believes the platform's management might be violating.

Google News is a searchable news aggregator and app (with some overt editorial functions), whereas Google Search tries to give users the most useful and relevant information in response to a query.

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Google said in a statement to The Hill that its search engine results have zero political bias.

Hours after Trump's tweetstorm, White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow told press that the administration's "taking a look at" Google searches. Period", Dorsey said. "We do not look at content with regards to political viewpoint or ideology.

Like most of Trump's grievances, it's hard to know what vague action he is threatening, but the conservative anger against tech platforms is growing, even as those platforms proclaim to love free speech and try their best to appease the politicians in power. Today, Google Search is much more complex, utilizing complex machine-learning functions like RankBrain and an evolving set of algorithms with names like Hummingbird, Panda, Penguin and Pigeon.

In a Twitter firestorm unleashed at 5:30am this morning local time (7.30pm AEST) Mr Trump wrote that nearly all of the news stories he saw were "bad" and that "fake" news was prominent.

While the exact science behind Google searches on the internet is kept secret, its basic principles are widely known to be generated with a variety of factors measured by the company's algorithms. It then ranks results by order of usefulness. Sinclair is a significant outlet for conservative views.

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Roberts said the President is clearly just "venting" about coverage he sees, "particularly in the Google search results". Well.not so fast. Rather than uncovering compelling evidence of bias, this article's author and its promoters merely reveal their ignorance of how search engines work.

But the articles that were the basis for Trump's claim of rigging ignored the fact that Google's most fundamental interest is returning search results that users find helpful, because that's how it gets them to come back.

Trump's beef is with the news, because he tends to be criticized for his poor management of the country and allegations of corruption.

Trump recently has made similar complaints about the issue, which has been making the rounds in conservative media.

Attkisson, formerly a reporter with CBS News, now works for conservative news conglomerate Sinclair Broadcast Group. There was a Fox News report about Lanny Davis, an attorney and spokesman for Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, admitting he was an anonymous source for CNN's report about Trump's possible prior knowledge of the summer 2016 meeting at Trump Tower attended by a Russian lawyer.

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