Tonight, Donald Trump claimed that Google suppresses bad news about Hillary Clinton.
Trump says “Google’s search engine was suppressing the bad news about Hillary Clinton – how about that”
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) September 29, 2016
Quickly, a CNN Money piece from June got recirculated.
Here’s a CNN post debunking that Google conspiracy Trump just stated: https://t.co/riAIZbcF02
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) September 29, 2016
The article debunked the idea that Google suppresses bad Clinton-related news.
A viral video from June showed that typing “Hillary Clinton cri” into the engine did not produce “Hillary Clinton criminal charges” as an automatic result. On other search engines, it did. CNN quoted Rhea Drysdale, CEO of search engine optimization company Outspoken Media, as saying the people behind the video deliberately chose misleading examples.
CNN explained it this way:
The examples that [the creators of the viral video] chose are factually incorrect. Hillary Clinton has not been charged with a crime. She has not been indicted. Google (, Tech30) knows this, and its algorithm actually filters out inaccurate information in autocomplete.
With that interpretation, Google is not a low-class engine run by wingnuts, but rather, a more efficient and superior engine run by people who have programmed it to weed out misinformation.
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