The US search engine was accused on Tuesday by Donald Trump of manipulating search results based on political opinions.
This is a particularly clear denial. The Mountain View company strongly denied the accusations made by Donald Trump on Tuesday. In a statement, Google insists that “research is not used to defend a political agenda and we do not deviate our results to any political ideology.” In addition, the company says its search engine “never ranks search results to manipulate a political opinion.”
“Our goal is to ensure that users typing a search in the Google Search window receive the most relevant result in seconds,” insists the company, noting that it brings hundreds of improvements every year to algorithms that pilot research “to ensure that they are fishing for” high quality “content.
An offensive against the giants of the Web
Tuesday morning, in a tweet, the US president had assured that a search “Trump News” gave results “rigged” and overwhelmingly critical. According to him, “96% of the results on” Trump News “come from the national media left”, which he considers “very dangerous”.
“Google and others suppress conservative voices and hide positive information. They control what we can see or not. This is a very serious situation that we will take care of, “he added. This attack on one of the world’s most popular search engines is part of a more general offensive launched several months ago by the president against social networks, which he believes are all biased against conservative opinions.
The Congress, where the party of the president has the majority, has already summoned leaders of the networks to explain. “We are looking at the issue,” said Tuesday morning Larry Kudlow, economic adviser to Donald Trump.
Although the question of “the partiality of the algorithms” of research is worth asking in his opinion, the Center for Democracy and Technology is worried about a potential governmental regulation. “It is very worrying that any representative of the government is trying to publicly put pressure on a platform for information important to our democracy,” told Agence France-Presse its president, Nuala O’Connor.
For Eric Goldman, head of the High-Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University, “any attempt by Trump to” rectify “search engine results would violate the” first amendment “of the US Constitution guaranteeing freedom of choice. the press.