Google has rubbished President Trump’s claim that it refused to advertise his State of the Union address on its homepage as it did for Obama.
On Wednesday Trump uploaded a video to Twitter purporting to show that Google advertised all of Obama’s speeches, but stopped when he assumed office.
In fact Google did advertise Trump’s first full address, in 2018, as data from internet archive service Wayback Machine shows.
Donald Trump tweeted a video on Wednesday claiming that Google stopped advertising State of the Union addresses on its homepage after he became President
The video featured multiple images of the Google homepage advertising Obama’s speeches, but then blank pages when Trump gave his own
A screenshot posted on pro-Trump feed ‘The Donald’ on website Reddit at the time also confirms Google advertised the address.
Whoever made the video may have been confused by the fact that Wayback Machine displays the Google advert in the early hours of January 31, while Trump made the speech on January 30.
However, this is because the website records its data using Greenwich Mean Time, which is five hours ahead of Eastern in January. It is currently four hours ahead.
Google said it did not advertise Trump’s first address because it was not technically a State of the Union, but rather an ‘address to a joint session of Congress’.
Google says it did not advertise Obama’s first speech in 2009 for the same reason.
In fact Google did advertise Trump’s address on its homepage, as internet archive Wayback Machine shows (pictured above)
The advert for Trump appeared in the same slot and almost the exact same format as the advert for Obama (this image taken from 2012)
Trump posted the video after attacking Google for ‘rigging’ its search results to display only bad news about him.
The President apparently saw a chart on a conservative news site that claimed to portray news outlets’ biases.
The article containing the chart was headlined ’96 Percent of Google Search Results for “Trump” News Are from Liberal Media Outlets.’
He claimed in the tweets that the search engine giant is ‘suppressing’ the voices of conservatives and ‘hiding information and news that is good.’ He hinted that his administration was considering official action.
Trump has repeatedly attacked Google over what he describes as anti-conservative bias over the past week, while promising to take action
Google categorically denied that politics play any role in the complex algorithms that determine what users are shown when they search a term.
In a statement responding to Trump, it said: ‘Search is not used to set a political agenda’ and that ‘we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.’
After Trump’s first round of tweets, the president’s chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, told reporters at the White House, ‘There needs to be some form of regulation for Google.’
‘We’ll let you know. We’re taking a look at it,’ he said.
Alphabet Inc, Google’s parent company, saw its stock close more than 10 points down on NASDAQ amid the spat.