Google omitted Donald Trump from the list of current active campaigns when internet users plug in the search term “presidential candidates.”
Google’s search engine, the foundation of their business, includes a feature that triages certain browsing results to the top of the list. But only Hillary Clinton, former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are seen at the top of the web page after searching for “presidential candidates” as discovered by an NBC news affiliate.
Bernie Sanders is no longer in the race and essentially has not been since he admitted defeat and endorsed Hillary Clinton publicly. He even spoke at the Democratic National Convention where Clinton accepted the party’s nomination. Donald Trump, however, has held the Republican Party’s nomination for roughly a week.
Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee for president who is currently polling at 13 percent, was also not included.
Google has been in hot water for censorship in the past, including alleged favoritism in this election. The tech giant was accused of manipulating search results to favor Hillary Clinton. In response to these accusations, Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt denied the allegations and explained that they “have not taken a position on the American election.”
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