White House probes Google after Trump accuses it of bias

Trump's accusation of bias on the part of Google comes as social media companies have suspended accounts, banned certain users and removed content as they face pressure from the US Congress to police foreign propaganda and fake accounts aimed at disrupting American politics, including operations tied to Iran and Russian Federation.

US President Donald Trump warned Google, Facebook and Twitter to tread carefully on Tuesday after recently accusing internet and social media firms of political bias and censorship, without providing evidence.

On Google, Trump wrote, 'they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that nearly all stories and news is BAD.

It comes after Mr Trump has previously attacked Google, Twitter and Facebook for being "very dishonest media". "It's not fair to large portions of the population".

"We'll let you know", Larry Kudlow told reporters outside the White House when asked whether Mr Trump believes Google and its search engine should be regulated, The Washington Post reported.

"We continually work to improve Google Search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment". "In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that nearly all stories & news is BAD", is among the allegations in what ellipses denote was a two-tweet commentary. He offered no evidence of bias, but a top adviser said the White House is "taking a look" at whether Google should face federal regulation.

The president, who has said he runs on little sleep, jumped onto Twitter before dawn Tuesday to rehash his recent complaints about alleged suppression of conservative voices and positive news about him. And I think that is a very serious thing, and it is a very serious charge.

Congressional sources cautioned that it may be hard for Trump to find a way to probe Google about news search results, and that Congress is unlikely to pass any applicable laws.

Mountain View, California-based Google had no immediate comment.

Google has responded to the outlandish claims, releasing a statement saying their algorithm is engineered to provide the most "relevant" answers without thought to political agenda. Illegal? 96% of results on "Trump News" are from National Left-Wing Media, very unsafe. Popular news sites such as CNN.com and NYTimes.com, which many readers link to, can appear higher in searches based on such factors. Tech companies have said they do not remove content for political reasons. Companies such as Facebook and Twitter have also been pressed to remove conspiracy driven content and hate speech. Some Republican U.S. lawmakers have also raised concerns about social media companies removing content from some conservatives, and have called Twitter's chief executive to testify before a House of Representatives panel on September 5.

The issue is also of concern on Capitol Hill, where the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., recently announced that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is scheduled to testify before the panel on September 5 about the platform's algorithms and content monitoring.

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