Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Donald Trump may have failed in his bid to take on the Military - Industrial Complex, The Pentagon, The CIA and The State Department, which would have been a formidable task for any US president, even one with the whole of his party and a solid majority of the country behind him, but his bid to challenge the stranglehold of globalists (aka progressive liberals) on the media and in particular the left leaning near - monopolies of digital media, amoral, power crazed organisations like Google, Facebook ans Twitter, look likely to have better outcomes for lovers of free speech and individual liberty.
President Trump yesterday reiterated threats against Facebook, Twitter and Google with new comments from the Oval Office, saying the social media platforms are "treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful."
"I think Google has really taken advantage of a lot of people and I think that's a very serious thing and it's a very serious charge," Trump told reporters following a meeting with the president of FIFA. "They better be careful because they can't do that to people."
Meanwhile, free speech activists have petitioned the White House to encourage Trump to "request that Congress pass legislation prohibiting social media platforms from banning users for First Amendment-protected speech."
The petition, stating that "The power to block lawful content should be in the hands of individual users – not Mark Zuckerberg or Jack Dorsey." can be fopund at Petitions.whitehouse.gov
Earlier in the day, Google responded to an accusation by Trump over Twitter that they're "rigging" search results against him, providing as evidence a "Trump News" search which showed predominantly "left" media publications popping up in the search results.
Google replied "Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology" As sombody who has always been considered slighty left of centre on most issues (a classical libera,) Google replied "Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology"I would say from my experience of comparing Google results which those of independent search operators and metasearch tools anybody who believes that also believes in Santa claus and The Tooth Fairy.
Perhaps Google can salvage a little credibility by explaining why Trump's picture is just about the only thing that appears when one does a Google image search for the word "idiot"? And while Google had visited the Obama White House over 230 times in seven years, we wonder how many times they've visited since Trump took office?
A comparison of results from an image search on "idiot" from Google and DuckDuckGo Bear in mind that search results can vary from user to user and according to what's 'trending'.