Larry Kudlow told reporters the Trump administration is ‘taking a look’ at regulating Google search results.
Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, said Tuesday the administration is “taking a look” at whether Google searches should be regulated, hours after Trump complained on Twitter about search results.
In a pair of morning tweets, the president said Alphabet Inc.’s Google search results for “Trump News” showed only “the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media.” The origin of the president’s complaints appears to be an article from the right-wing blog PJ Media headlined
Google spokesperson Riva Sciuto said “search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology.”
In his tweets, Trump said “Illegal?” and wrote that the company is “controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation—will be addressed!”
Neither Trump nor Kudlow gave specifics of how the administration would address the issue. The White House did not immediately respond to request for comment. “We’ll let you know,” Kudlow said in a brief appearance outside the White House.
“When Google returns search hits that you don’t like, that doesn’t make it illegal,” Professor Ari Waldman of New York Law School told MarketWatch.
Google’s Sciuto said, “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.”