You might’ve heard that President Donald Trump thinks Google has rigged search results against him.
For those that aren’t aware, the president of the US seems to have Googled himself over the weekend only to find negative news.
Upon discovering this the president took to Twitter, as he always does, to voice his concerns.
….results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2018
As you might know, the Google search algorithm and the finer details of how it works are a closely guarded secret and for good reason.
That said Google does explain how the search works (you can find that over here) to give you a better understanding of how the search engine returns results that are relevant and relate to you.
Following Trump’s tweets White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow was asked by journalists whether Google needs to be regulated. The advisor responded with “We’ll let you know. We’re looking into it,” according to a report by Politico.
Google has denied that its search is biased toward or against a particular news websites.
“Our goal is to make sure they [users] receive the most relevant answers in a matter of seconds. Search is not used to set a political agenda, and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology,” spokesperson for Google, Riva Sciuto told The Washington Post.
A number of commentators have come out saying that regulating Google Search would infringe on the First Amendment which protects free speech.
Ironically, while Trump has criticised Google for being biased a search for Trump News on Bing and DuckDuckGo also returns more so-called left leaning publications than right.
Maybe Google is biased or maybe Trump is so newsworthy and easy to criticise (see: Donald Trump on Twitter) that liberal news publications are capitalising on the potential search traffic.
Whether the US will move forward with promises of regulating Google remains to be seen but we’ll be keeping an eye on them in case that promise gains traction.