President Donald Trump attacked Google in an early morning tweet on Tuesday that accused the company of prioritizing "fake news" in its search results. But the criteria by which Google selects news outlets and stories to feature-criteria which include longevity, reputation, linking, search history, and more-are known. Fake CNN is prominent.
In July, Republicans accused Google, Twitter and Facebook of bias against conservatives at a hearing about "content filtering" practices of major tech companies. 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.
A test conducted by The Epoch Times on August 28, using similar methods, found similar results.
In the case of news sites, new stories can be added to the index within seconds of publication.
While there is little to suggest that internet firms actively suppress content for political reasons and many conservatives have large online followings, public perception is another matter.
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It's also unclear just what the actor-turned-politician means by his claim that the situation "will be addressed", as he has a habit of making Twitter promises that he can't keep. But conservative activist Paula Boylard had said in a weekend blog post that she found "blatant prioritization of left-leaning and anti-Trump media outlets" in search results.
As for Trump's search results, as of 9:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, the top Google search results for Trump were all about.Trump and Google.
A screen shot of a mix of stories after a Google search for "Trump news".
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.
The president has attacked USA social media giants in the past days for allegedly censoring conservative voices, a claim widely believed by his followers but which hasn't been supported by studies.