Trump takes on Big Tech: stop making me look bad!
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Trump takes on Big Tech: stop making me look bad!

Well, another day another unbelievable Twitter meltdown. No, not Elon Musk’s insistence that he didn’t cry in an interview (“there were no tears!” – the New York Times disagrees), nor his doubling down on accusations that the British diver who aided in rescuing 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand is a paedophile. Mr. Musk was outdone by an even larger and more bombastic Twitter personality this week: the president of the United States himself, Donald J. Trump. His message? That Google, Facebook and Twitter better stop rigging their platforms to make him look bad.

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Yes, you read that right. Donald Trump believes there is a secret conspiracy between the America’s largest search and social media companies are rigging their platforms to give preference to negative stories about him. Of course, he didn’t put it quite like that. Warning that these companies “are treading on very, very troubled territory,” and that “this is a very serious situation-will be addressed!” Mr. Trump explained the cause of his ire:

“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal."

This isn’t the first time Trump’s taken aim against these companies. Last week, he warned that they were “silencing millions of people.” Unsurprisingly, Google disagrees. A statement released in reaction to Mr. Trump’s allegations read:

“Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology. Every year, we issue hundreds of improvements to our algorithms to ensure they surface high-quality content in response to users’ queries. We continually work to improve Google Search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.”

Could this, though, backfire on Google? Yonatan Zunger, an engineer who spent a decade working at Google, offered a less diplomatic explanation: "Users can verify that his claim is specious by simply reading a wide range of news sources themselves. The ‘bias’ is that the news is all bad for him, for which he has only himself to blame."

With on-going animosity towards Amazon, Mr. Trump now only needs to initiate a spat with streaming video market leader Netflix (does the platform stream old episodes of The Apprentice?) and the President will have finally declared war – albeit, on the U.S tech sector.

Disclosure

Dominion holds Alphabet in its Global Trends Managed Fund.


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