President Donald Trump has warned tech giants, Google, Twitter and Facebook amid a row over perceived bias. Trump warned them to be “very careful”, after earlier accusing Google of rigging the search results for the phrase “Trump news”.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Mr Trump said Google had “really taken a lot of advantage of a lot of people, it’s a very serious thing”.
Trump also called on social media networks, Twitter and Facebook saying: “They better be careful, becaus e you can’t do that to people… we have literally thousands of complaints coming in.” He however gave no details of what action he might take.
In an earlier tweet, Trump accused Google of prioritising negative news stories from what he described as the “national left-wing media”.
He said most of the stories that appeared on the results page were negative and that conservative reporting was being “suppressed”.
Last week he said social media were “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices” and that he would “not let that happen”.
When asked earlier about Google, Mr Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said the administration was “taking a look” at whether it should be regulated and would do “some investigation and some analysis”.
Analysts say there is little to back up Mr Trump’s claim and that it is unclear how he could take action. Some are of the opinion that attempts to alter search engine results could violate the First Amendment, although his administration could make it difficult for Google by looking into its dominance of the market.
Google has denied the claims saying its search engine set no political agenda and is not biased towards any political ideology.
“Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology.
“We continually work to improve Google search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.”
Twitter and Facebook are yet to respond to the comments.