Google on Tuesday debunked US President Donald Trump’s claim that its news search results were skewed to suppress conservative voices and positive stories about his administration.
“Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology,” a Google spokesperson said in an email after Trump’s attack on the internet giant.
“Every year, we issue hundreds of improvements to our algorithms to ensure they surface high-quality content in response to users’ queries. We continually work to improve Google search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.”
Earlier, Trump said on Twitter: “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!”
Trump has come under increased fire for his reaction to the death of American war hero and longtime lawmaker, Senator John McCain.
The president disowned an aide’s remark eulogising McCain after his passing, a move that was strongly criticised across the political divide.