On August 28th, 2018, US President Donald Trump realised that he wasn’t exactly commanding the approval ratings very well and decided to see for himself how popular he actually was by Googling himself. The result of that literature review was this tweet from Donald Trump:
Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!
First of all, why is the President of the United States googling himself at 11 AM on a Tuesday morning? Does he not have more important things to do like, I don’t know, being the President of the United States?
Second, he expects Google to act according to his image of himself. Someone should tell President Trump that Google generally shows what’s actually in the news about you when you google yourself, not what you want to be in the news.
The situation actually became so serious that Google had to release a statement saying that their goal was to ensure their users got the most relevant answers to their questions within seconds without any agenda. Trump, however, seems to believe otherwise, thinking that Google, Facebook and Twitter are not operated by algorithms but instead by scheming Democrats whose only job all day is to redirect users searching for news on Trump to “National Left-Wing Media” and “Fake CNN”.
Personally, I just found it funny that Trump sounds like more like a person afflicted with paranoid schizophrenia than a President who has better things to worry about. And what’s worse was that on the exact same day about half a century before, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech. Little did he know that on the same day in 2018, the US Presidential Twitter account would put up a “Google Is Unfair” tweet. America has truly come a long way.
Last modified: 10th April 2020