Donald Trump has frequently accused the media of lying and now he is blaming Google, of all things, for falsifying search results.
“A new post-debate poll that just came out, the Google poll, has us leading Hillary Clinton by two points nationwide, and that's despite the fact that Google search engine was suppressing the bad news about Hillary Clinton," Trump said at the speech in Waukesha, Wisconsin. "How about that? How about that?"
Trump’s remark comes a couple of weeks after state-run Russian media, Sputnik News, reported the search engine’s results were biased in Clinton’s favor.
Trump has been criticized repeatedly for praising dictators like Vladimir Putin and for promoting policies which might serve Russian interests. In fact, some people from the Trump camp have affiliation with Russian oligarchs and official and Paul Manafort most notably has sparked controversy for his close ties with them.
However, it’s a fact that Google is not manipulating results to favor Clinton and CNN’s senior news correspondent thinks the very idea is “preposterous.”
Speaking at an interview, Brian Stelter claimed Trump’s uneducated remarks were actually dangerous.
"Google does try to avoid false news from being spread so if you’re Googling for things that are false, those hoax stories are buried further below and that’s what he’s talking about here,” said Stelter. “There is a Russian website which got ties with the Russian government called Sputnik news. They’ve been pushing this idea that Google’s suppressing bad news about Clinton. What Google really suppresses is false news. Things that are simply made up and unfortunately, Donald Trump is perpetuating this made up information about Google.”
Google had also dismissed the claim last June.
“Our autocomplete algorithm will not show a predicted query that is offensive or disparaging when displayed in conjunction with a person's name,” a Google spokeswoman said. “Google autocomplete does not favor any candidate or cause. Claims to the contrary simply misunderstand how autocomplete works.”
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