Google has rejected Donald Trump’s latest allegation of bias, after the US President accused the tech giant of being rigged and promoting Barack Obama’s State of the Union addresses but not his own.
Trump had recently tweeted a video with the message “#StoptheBias”. The clip shows the page displaying live links to watch Mr Obama’s speeches each year from 2012 to 2016, but not a link to Mr Trump’s from 2017 onwards.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
Google has now dismissed the allegation saying:
This is false. In 2017 Trump did not deliver a SOTU and in 2018 Google did promote his first SOTU on its homepage. https://t.co/condrylYau
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) August 29, 2018
The Google spokesman added: “On January 30 2018, we highlighted the livestream of President Trump’s State of the Union on the google.com homepage. We have historically not promoted the first address to Congress by a new president, which is technically not a State of the Union address. As a result, we didn’t include a promotion on google.com for this address in either 2009 or 2017.”
Trump had also attacked Google earlier this week when he tweeted:
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….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2018