President Donald Trump brushed off the idea of regulating social media companies, but called for fairness, after igniting a feud with Google Tuesday.
“I think that Google and Facebook and Twitter, I think they treat conservatives and Republicans very unfairly. I could tell you that I have personal experience,” Trump said, adding “you know what we want? Not regulation, we want fairness. We want fairness and we are all very happy. I mean. I’m president. You’re talking about a tremendous amount of people. We want to see fairness. Very important.”
The president said Tuesday “Google has taken advantage of a lot of people. It’s a very serious thing and a very serious charge,” adding “I think what Google and what others are doing — if you look at what is going on at Twitter, look at what is going on in Facebook — they better be careful. You can’t do that to people.”
The president accused the company of censoring conservative news Tuesday morning after watching a report from the Fox Business Network. The Fox Business report stems from a report on PJMedia, which “performed a Google search for ‘Trump’ using the search engine’s ‘News’ tab and analyzed the results using Sharyl Attkisson’s media bias chart,” finding that “not a single right-leaning site appeared on the first page of search results.”
Google denied the allegations saying its “search” function is not used to set a political agenda, and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology,” adding, “We continually work to improve Google Search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.”