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Trump ‘Taking a Look’ at Regulating Google, Kudlow Says

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President Donald Trump is “taking a look” at whether to pursue regulations against Google after the chief executive accused the corporation Tuesday of “suppressing voices of conservatives” and “hiding information and news that is good,” according to National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow.

“We’ll let you know. We’re taking a look at it,” Kudlow told reporters Tuesday when asked about Trump’s tweets. Trump blasted Google on Twitter Tuesday for its search results, which the president claimed were skewed against him.

“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of…results on ‘Trump News’ are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous,” Trump tweeted. “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 apparently responded to a Saturday report from PJ Media’s supervising editor, Paula Boylard, called “96 Percent of Google Search Results for ‘Trump’ News Are from Liberal Media Outlets.” Boylard found her results after she “performed a Google search for ‘Trump’ using the search engine’s ‘News’ tab and analyzed the results using Sharyl Attkisson’s media bias chart.”

Trump also told reporters in the Oval Office later in the afternoon that Google “has really taken advantage of a lot of people.”

“I think that’s a very serious thing, and it’s a very serious charge,” Trump added. “I think what Google and what others are doing — if you look at what’s going on at Twitter, if you look at what is going on in Facebook — they better be careful. You can’t do that to people.”

“So I think that Google and Twitter and Facebook — they’re really treading on very, very troubled territory. And they have to be careful,” Trump added. “It’s not fair to large portions of the population.”

Google, Twitter and Facebook have all faced continuing accusations of conservative censorship in recent years. The companies are also facing scrutiny for how they address “fake news” outlets and stories, including those associated with Russian hacking efforts.

But a Google spokesperson fired back at Trump in a statement, saying, “when users type queries into the Google Search bar, our goal is to make sure they receive the most relevant answers in a matter of seconds.”

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“Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology,” the statement continued. “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.”

Google fired one of its engineers, James Damore, in August 2017. Damore, a self-identified conservative, penned an internal memo in July 2017 called “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” in which he accused the company of engaging in a type of reverse discrimination.