Trump lashes out at Google in predawn tweet

Trump lashes out at Google in predawn tweet

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President Donald Trump with Vice President Mike Pence (WhiteHouse.gov)

UPDATE 10:28am EST: Google has responded to Trump’s tweet, saying in a statement that the search engine is never used “to manipulate political sentiment.”

“Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology,” the tech giant said. “Every year, we issue hundreds of improvements to our algorithms to ensure they surface high-quality content in response to users’ queries.”

End update

WASHINGTON—In a predawn tweet Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump accused Google of rigging its results, suggesting that such a move could be illegal.

It’s not clear what Trump prompted Trump’s tweet and the president did not clarify what law the tech giant could be breaking or specific steps that the administration would be taking.

There is no evidence to suggest Google is, in fact, trying to obscure positive information about the president.

When asked Tuesday if the administration believes that search engines should face regulations, Larry Kudlow, the White House’s top economist, said that they will be “looking into” the issue.

Tuesday’s tweet is not the first time that Trump has clashed with a major tech company.

Last month, Trump said that his administration would be looking into Twitter “shadow banning” conservatives, a term that describes users’ profiles being harder to find on the site.

Trump claimed that the practice was “illegal,” but not did not clarify.

Twitter has denied unfairly targeting conservatives and the White House has not yet publicly laid out any steps.

The president also has repeatedly falsely claimed that Amazon is making the postal service lose money.

Google has not yet publicly responded to the president’s tweet.

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