News or Noise: Did Google ignore President Trump's State of the Union address?

September 06, 2018 06:59 AM

It's no secret President Donald Trump isn't a fan of the media- you've probably heard him refer to some media outlets as "fake news".

But now the president is taking aim at Google, claiming the search engine didn't promote his State of the Union Address, even though it had done so for previous presidents.  


Is President Trump's claim news or noise? 

On August 29, the president tweeted a video with the hashtag "stop the bias".

The video says that "for years Google promoted President Obama's State of the Union on its homepage. When President Trump took office, Google stopped." 

The video goes on to show that in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Google promoted President Obama's State of the Union Address under its search bar- but it was blank in 2017 and 2018.

The president's claim has been retweeted more than 40,000 times and has more than 108 thousand likes.  

However, it appears whoever created the video, that President Trump tweeted, missed the link Google published to his 2018 State of the Union Address.

There are screenshots captured by the Wayback Machine website proving Google did in fact promote the president's 2018 State of the Union Address. Another screenshot, captured by Reddit, shows the same thing.   

Google issued a statement to the verge, saying in part, "We have historically not promoted the first address to Congress by a new president, which is not a State of the Union Address. As a result, we didn't include a promotion for this address in either 2009 or 2017."

That makes the claim noise.

On Wednesday, a week after the White House said it would explore regulating Google, Attorney General Jeff Session said he will meet with state attorneys general this month to discuss whether tech companies may be "intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas."


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