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Trump accuses Google of 'manipulating' millions of votes in 2016 election

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What you need to know

  • President Donald Trump has claimed that Google manipulated results of the 2016 election.
  • Responding to the allegation, Google has said that Trump was referring to an old report that had already been debunked.
  • Trump has been targeting Google since months, claiming it has an anti-conservative bias.

U.S. President Donald Trump has alleged that Google "manipulated" results of the 2016 election to favor of his rival Hillary Clinton. He wrote in a tweet that his victory "was even bigger than thought" and that Google "should be sued."

As noted by CNBC, Trump was likely referring to research by psychologist Robert Epstein, which was discussed on Fox Business on Monday morning. Epstein had testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in July that he had found a pro-Clinton bias in Google's search algorithm. This bias, Epstein had claimed, may have led to the shift of between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes in favor of Clinton.

Reacting to the allegation, a Google spokesperson said:

This researcher's inaccurate claim has been debunked since it was made in 2016. As we stated then, we have never re-ranked or altered search results to manipulate political sentiment. Our goal is to always provide people with access to high quality, relevant information for their queries, without regard to political viewpoint.

Hillary Clinton responded to Trump's tweet by saying that the debunked study that he had referred to was based on 21 undecided voters.

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This isn't the first time that President Trump has accused Google of having an anti-conservative bias. Earlier this month, he had claimed Google was trying to "illegally subvert" the 2020 U.S. election and that he is watching the company "very closely".

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  • The man's an arse.
  • You're being generous.
  • It's gonna be alright snowflake! Lol
  • Prove it, how about the millions that voted illegally that the President commissioned a team to investigate. What did they find out?
  • This dude was awaken by a keyword sent to his Russian bot email.
  • Yes because this really still matters 3 years later?
  • When red hats chant "lock her up" 3 years later because they have nothing better to focus on, sadly it does still matter to them.
  • Yes it does because Google will do it again.
  • Prove they did it to begin with, citing credible sources. We can wait.
  • He can't because he's a CONSERVATURD.
  • Lil John libtard sounds so much better.
  • Ah there he is.
  • Do you have proof? Otherwise you can't make accusations against Google without backing it up with evidence.
  • Who gives a f***? Why is this on an Android blog...
  • I'm going to guess because it is Google related, and Google makes Android, and the name of the website is Android Central.
  • [Spiderman pointing at himself GIF]
  • It's still under investigation is why nothing is being reported. Please research before you write such nonsense.
  • There is literally nothing to investigate. There was no fraud.
  • Only four fraudulent votes have been recorded from the 2016 election; however, Russia had the power to change votes in Illinois, according to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's bipartisan report on Russia interfering in our democracy. But I bet you have nothing to say about that because Russia helps elect Trump.
  • Awww! Still butthurt about 2016?? Here's a Bernie Sanders 🐻.
  • So Google responds by saying it's debunked? I'm going to have to check into that....... Ok, I just Googled it. Yep, debunked. (Must be true, it was on Google)
  • Yeah, go ahead and sue them POTUS 🤣🤣🤣🤣. Let the witch hunt begin in 3...2...1...
  • Our President is truly pathetic...
  • Here's a Bernie Sanders bear. Hug it snowflake
  • I take it you're Trumptard.
  • Here's a bear wearing a KKK robe. Hug it skinhead
  • Well Google like many other big tech companies have been known to be in favor of left think politics and "political correctness". So it in no way surprises me that Google would try something like this (I'm still debating to myself if Trump is right about Google doing this in 2016) and if they didn't pull and kind of political manipulation in 2016 , I can almost certainly be sure that will try something along that line in 2020. Many right thinking politics have been censored by the the big tech companies and I think it is only going to get worse from there.
  • You mean, because of hate speech? Yeah, of course they were silenced.
  • Well there is that but I'm more talking about tech companies silencing opinions they don't agree with. I also was saying that that kind of censorship will play a big role in 2020.
  • I mean if there was actual evidence of that then it would be believable. But there's not, and the few "studies" I've seen actually go the other way....they tend to favor conservative sources/take action against them less/are more lenient simply because they want to avoid being labeled as anti-anyonesideoftheargument.
  • Racist voices should be silenced. Not all opinions deserve to be heard. Including your's.
  • Well, hello, fascist! And people wonder why we need to arm ourselves. 🙄
  • Well you racist 🐖 your voice is unimportant
  • There is no censorship and has been no fraud. Please listen to actual, reputable sources. (Trump isn't one of them)
  • In your humble opinion who is genius?
  • Well he made it so what is his complaint? I guess it's because he knows has no legitimacy having lost in the polls by millions of votes. Well he has another chance coming up.
  • I bet I can guess the ACT scores of the people who left comments in this thread based off the content of the comment - and be accurate to within 2 points. But I won't do that. :-)
  • I think you mean Trump lied.
  • Here's a Bernie Sanders 🐻.
  • And here's a RUSSIAN bot for you🐵
  • Funny you libtards loved everything Russia til 2016. Rofdlmao at you.
  • I cannot roll my eyes hard enough...
  • Come on Google's youtube trending is really what is trending :)
  • Just like he was wrong about spying on Trump Tower..... right.
  • Yes but facts are difficult for liberals to swallow! Lol
  • Damn, what an embarrassment to the entire world the US is right now. We've got a reality star in the white house representing us, and he's a habitual liar as well.
  • Oh and crooked Hillary rodham Clinton was lil ms honesty! Liberalism is a mental disorder. Read the book understand the behavior. Lol
  • I don't give two craps about Hillary. She's not our president. This idiot Trump is. The fact that that's your go to means even YOU can't defend that moron.
  • Lil johnny president Donald J Trump will win reelection. Go find your therapist now snowflake. #KAG2020
  • "Trump did not provide any solid evidence to back up his claim." LOL 😂🤣😭, now that's funny! Probably what happened is that he googled pictures of his father and up came those of the orangutan he is related to... So no wonder he is pissed off...bigly...😉😋😛😝😜🤪 Hey, maybe if he used Alta Vista or Ask Jeeves the results would be different!
  • Awwwwww Ms butthurt here's a Bernie Sanders 🐻 for you to hug. Now that's better isn't it. Rofdlmao
  • Awwww how sweet!!! What happened Dorothy? Did you forget to take your meds on your way to your special ed. class?! Or did you miss your ride on the short bus? Oh and by the way, you seem to be obsessed with butts...which I thought was a no-no for you Rep-Con fellas... Yahoooooooo git-r-done!
  • As your obviously a libtard. So your kind are all about the butt. Like sweet Pete.
  • Awe why are you crying so about other people opinion so much? Why don't you stop being a snowflake? I hope you know Republicans are the true snowflakes. Your leader trump lump cries more then any new born child. Trump lump is the king of crying.
  • "You are a libtard". Not "your a libtard". At least get the insults right Dorothy...
  • Well it's always fun being behind enemy lines. Meaning being on a site with so many fine liberals as a majority. Liberals as wonderful entertainment.
  • And unfortunately, douchbags like yourself are the new face of the Republican party. Enjoy it America, you deserve it.
  • Awwwwww!! Old, stale, pale and frale. Did I hurt your lil feelings??? Your the face of a pile of dog squeeze. Lil John John.
  • I can't believe I'm saying this but I want an actual politician in the White House again. A Democrat would be best but even a real Republican would be better than this guy. Just anyone that knows how to act presidential.
  • Just because he didn't say all of the warm and fuzzy ******** like Obama did, doesn't mean he's not doing his job.
  • I hope he goes through with the Huawei ban. Nothing would be better than to see Google lose market share to Huawei.
  • A very dedicated Hillary supporter basically uncovered this. Google and Facebook both involved. No matter what side you're on, this should concern everyone.
  • If the Russian interference doesn't concern conservaturds, why should we be concerned about this? Love the selective outrage though. 😂
  • Russians have been interfering in American elections for decades, son. Where you been? News flash... The US does it too. And another thing, Putin is hardly a Republican lover. He did love that old hag Hillary's uranium deal, though. But you just keep wearing that tin foil hat.
  • I don't disagree, hence my point above. If we're all okay with it cause everybody's doing it, don't ask me to suddenly (when it's convenient) be concerned about this fake news 😂
  • Trump is the king troller. Leftists crap themselves over and over with the things he says. It's hilarious. There's finally someone who just tells leftists to go to h*ll where they belong. Meanwhile, the things he's actually done have been great. Lower taxes, booming economy, solid Supreme Court and Federal Court picks. Killing ISIS. Yeah, I sure miss those Obama days of food stamps, Obama phones, weaponizing the IRS against political opposition, prosecuting the AP for reporting unfriendly stuff. Not a smidgen of corruption. 😂 Yeah, we need more hope and change like that, because what someone, or how someone says something matters more than what they actually do.
  • The economy been on a sugar high. There's signs of a recession coming and just like any other Republican who by the end if they term got the United states in a recession (cough cough bush). Then Democrats have to fix it just so another idiot Republican can destroy. So your happy about making the top 1 percent richer while the poor poorer. Sorry well the poor is what keeps the economy going good. So you agree with corporate greed. Yet you people dont want people on welfare. Well if the minimum wage was a livable wage then there would be less people on welfare. But no you rather the corporations to do buybacks instead of giving out livable wages. Most people would work harder if they had an livable wages. That's why customer service jobs suck for when the customer needs help. The corporations would make more money because the workers are happy. So therefore more customers coming back.
  • It's rather funny because Trump came to New Hampshire last week told local newscasters that he loves New Hampshire and the people here then 2 days after his visit he made false claims that the voters in New Hampshire falsified their votes during the election and a fraud was committed ... How sad
  • He's such a moron. All he has to do is look to his good buddy Putin for all of his vote tampering needs.