Trump's latest Twitter victim: Google and its left-wing algorithms

Trump Google suppressing conservative voices hiding ‘good’ news and information

And if they did, the president would have little recourse under the constitution's free speech protections.

Smith tried to reread Trump's comments, but he lost a page of his notes. However, we should point out that the story was not a positive one for the president. "Somebody is going to have to step in and be a neutral arbiter of what can go on, and what can't", said Sen. "I don't want to see the government do that".

Google's search algorithm results are ranked on a number of factors, including personalisation, and are supposed "to promote original journalism, as well as to expose users to diverse perspectives".

Google disputed Trump's claim, saying the company does not favour search results for political purposes. "And they have to be careful", the president said later Tuesday.

Trump claimed that "we have literally thousands and thousands of complaints coming in".

According to Google, its algorithms don't allow for bias "results toward any political ideology".

Kudlow's remark to reporters came hours after Trump fired off a series of predawn tweets complaining about Google search results for "Trump News".

Shadow banning is a term used to describe the practice by social media platforms of reducing or limiting the visibility of a user's content.

In response, Google said its goal is to make sure users of its search engine get the most relevant answers quickly. More than four out of five web searches run through Google, and getting highly ranked within Google can make or break businesses.

Even so, Trump's words will cause unease in Silicon Valley. At the same time, those decisions about what to allow, and what to take down, aren't always obvious - and can create controversy. Google and other companies, he tweeted in a follow up, "are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good". The representative declined to comment further. Twitter pointed to previous statements calling allegations of systemic bias "unfounded and false".

There already have been two Congressional hearings about the issue, with tech companies repeatedly denying that they promote or demote content based on its political content.

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The first five search results accounted for an estimated 67 percent of all clicks, and the first three results alone accounting for more than 55 percent.

Trump's view of the tech giants has been complicated, to say the least.

PJ Media's conspiracy-mongering is based on an avoidable misunderstanding that could throw gasoline on the techlash and lead to policies that chill American innovation (although at least for now, conservatives still think a Fairness Doctrine for the Internet is a dumb idea).

Google has kept a lower profile than other companies during the backlash on tech.

The issue is also of concern on Capitol Hill. A key House committee intends to grill Dorsey about claims of censorship at a hearing scheduled for next week. "They claim they are biased against conservatives but it shows how hard a situation these businesses face".

Conservatives' attacks have intensified as the 2018 election has drawn closer.

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.

This figure seems to have been broadcast on the Lou Dobbs Tonight programme, a show on the Trump-friendly Fox Business Network, the evening before the president tweeted. While some company executives may lean liberal, they have long asserted that their products are without political bias.

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