Trump Says Google Is Rigged, Despite Its Denials. What Do We Know About How It Works
News outlets in general tend to focus on negative news more than positive stories — regardless of who is president. Google's algorithms tend to favor established, frequently cited and what the company says are "high quality" news sources — a preference that doesn't necessarily reflect political bias, but may lead the site to promote stories from CNN or the Washington Post over, say, Infowars.
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Regardless of all these factors that complicate or even contradict PJ Media's conclusions, our no-nuance president took the 96% figure and hit Twitter with it, using it as the foundation of his tweet attack on Google. The figure was proof positive that Google was "hiding" positive stories about him and shutting out conservative outlets, possibly illegally, he charged. It's time to do something about it, he said — leaving exactly what kind of "something" that might be completely undefined.
There are legitimate concerns about Google's power
Here's the thing. As ridiculous and potentially dangerous it is for Trump to make policy based on a single flawed news report he saw on TV — and then likely only because of his own personal grudges — there is a legitimate concern about how Google's search algorithm works.