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Google shares fall as Trump accuses search engine of results bias

Google shares closed in the red in the US Tuesday, following the latest accusations from US President Trump that its search results about him were biased towards bad news. He tweeted that it prioritised fake news sites and hid real news when a search for ‘Trump news’ was made.

Google shares ended the US Tuesday session 0.83% in the red at $1,2454.86. The stock has been a little mixed over the past few weeks of trading activity.

Trump criticises Google, again

During a tense time for the President, in which key former aides have been found guilty in separate court cases and when he has also refused to offer any tribute to John McCain following his death, Trump tweeted that Google was rigged against him.

“Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal?,” Trump tweeted.

“96% of 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!,” he added.

Google’s response

This is far from the first time that Trump has criticised Google and other tech giants, for being biased against him and for supporting ‘fake news media’.

However, Google chose to make a response to this latest round of commentary from the US President.

“When users type queries into the Google Search bar, our goal is to make sure they receive the most relevant answers in a matter of seconds,” a Google spokesperson said. “Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results toward any political ideology.”

“Google's news algorithm is optimised for actuality and proximity of an event but it is generally not optimised to look for political orientation,” the spokesperson added. “However, it has a tendency to rank web pages higher that a lot of people link to.”

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