Google denies Trump's claim that it's meddling with search results

Donald Trump: Google’s news service is rigged against me

President Donald Trump took aim Tuesday at Google, claiming that news search results were "rigged" against him, which prompted a White House aide to suggest the administration may look at regulating the huge internet platform.

On Tuesday morning, Trump claimed on Twitter that Google's search results are "rigged" against him to show more negative news stories.

Trump's accusation of bias on the part of Google comes as social media companies have suspended accounts, banned certain users and removed content as they face pressure from the US Congress to police foreign propaganda and fake accounts aimed at disrupting American politics, including operations tied to Iran and Russian Federation.

On Twitter on Tuesday, Trump accused Google - without evidence - of "suppressing" conservative voices and "hiding information" and good news.

He adds, "Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out".

This is the first time Mr Trump has ever claimed Google's search engine is biased.

Google denied any political bias, saying in a statement that its search engine is "not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results towards any political ideology".

"This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!"

The president also went on to suggest that he had somehow analysed the results on a search for the term "Trump News" and found that nearly all of the stories that came upwere "left-wing".

"Every year, we issue hundreds of improvements to our algorithms to ensure they surface high-quality content in response to users" queries.

He wrote: "96% of results on "Trump News" are from National Left-Wing Media, very unsafe". They are controlling what we can and cannot see.

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Adds Google: "We never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment".

"So I think that Google, and Twitter and Facebook, they are really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful".

In March, Google announced it would spend more than $A408 million over the next three years to improve its search results following the rise of "fake news".

"Accusations of search engine "bias" have existed as long as there have been search engines".

Mountain View, California-based Google had no immediate comment.

Google Headquarters in the US.

Media analyst Ken Doctor said it doesn't make sense for mass-market businesses like Google to lean either way politically.

Trump didn't say what he based his tweets on.

Jones is being sued for saying the 2012 shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was staged.

Trump has praised Jones' "amazing" reputation.

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