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Google rejects Donald Trump’s claim of ‘political bias’ in search

Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology, says Google.

world Updated: Aug 28, 2018 20:29 IST
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US President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that Google results were rigged because searches for Trump News brought up negative stories about him, and questioned whether this was illegal. (Reuters file photo)

Google on Tuesday strongly denied US President Donald Trump’s claim that its news search results were skewed to suppress conservative voices and positive stories about his administration.

“Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology,” a Google spokesperson said in an email after Trump’s attack on the internet giant.

“Every year, we issue hundreds of improvements to our algorithms to ensure they surface high-quality content in response to users’ queries. We continually work to improve Google search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.”

Earlier, Trump said on Twitter: “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!”

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 20:29 IST