WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump accused social media companies of interfering in both the 2016 and 2018 presidential elections, in an exclusive Oval Office interview with The Daily Caller.
“I think they already have,” Trump said of social media companies interference in the 2018 presidential election. The president pivoted to 2016 saying “I mean the true interference in the last election was that — if you look at all, virtually all of those companies are super liberal companies in favor of Hillary Clinton.”
“Maybe I did a better job because I’m good with the Twitter and I’m good at social media, but the truth is they were all on Hillary Clinton’s side, and if you look at what was going on with Facebook and with Google and all of it, they were very much on her side,” Trump continued.
He cautioned companies not to maintain a bias because it could one day be used against political causes that they prefer. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Trump Critical, But Says Nike’s Kaepernick Deal ‘Is What This Country Is All About’)
Trump has railed against social media and tech companies in recent days, particularly Google. He has accused the company of censoring conservative news but has brushed off regulation, saying he just wants fairness.
“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,” he recently said publicly.
Google has denied any alleged bias in its search results 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.” (RELATED: The Kingmaker: Trump Reveals How He Picks Who To Endorse)