The war between US Donald Trump and the 'liberal-bias' of tech giants just reached a whole new level...
The latest was with the giant search engine Google. Trump tweeted earlier on Tuesday that when searching “Trump News” on Google, search results are being clearly biased showing “96% of results from National Left-Wing Media”.
Later on Wednesday night, Trump posted a video with of an unknown source claiming the search engine was accustomed to promote the State of the Union (SOTU) address on the homepage in the past. However, they stopped doing it after Trump took office.
With the hashtag “Stop the bias”, Trump also promised that the situation “will be addressed.” His post received massive reactions dividing opinion between believers and critics.
Meanwhile, some went to share old screenshots were taken on the day which were streaming Trump’s SOTU address.
In response, Buzzfeed news quoted a statement from Google saying they promoted “a live video stream of Trump’s address in 2018. The year before, in 2017, a video wasn’t promoted on the homepage because Trump delivered a joint statement to Congress, not a State of the Union.”
Despite the skepticism being promoted over Trump’s video, the fact that Google and other tech Silicon Valley giants are being accused of involvement in politics - together with their institutional bias against Republicans - is difficult to completely ignore.
This comes few weeks after Trump accused social media platforms of discriminating against “Republican/Conservative voices” especially those who “speak loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration”.
Weighing on the controversy, many people went to connect old reports on Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt relations with Hillary Clinton, during her campaign against Trump. Not only this, the billionaire had also expressed interest in backing Clinton’s presidential run, according to emails published by Wikileaks earlier.
This comes in a time while executives from three of the major tech companies are due to appear before the Congress next week - on Wednesday - to talk about their role in protecting the integrity of November’s midterm elections. However, Senators have threatened that Google’s chair might be left empty in a move that highlights the lawmakers’ growing dissatisfaction with the company.