Google hits back at Donald Trump’s latest allegation of bias, after the president claimed the tech giant promoted Barack Obama’s State of the Union addresses but not his own.
Mr Trump, who has 54 million followers on Twitter, tweeted a video with the message “#StoptheBias”.
The clip, which purportedly contains screenshots of the search engine’s homepage, shows the page displaying live links to watch Mr Obama’s speeches each year from 2012 to 2016, but not a link to Mr Trump’s from 2017 onwards.
But Google dismissed the allegation, saying it did promote Mr Trump’s first and only State of the Union address in 2018.
The tech giant clarified that it never featured a new president’s first address to Congress, which Mr Trump would have made in 2017.
A Google spokesman said: “On January 30 2018, we highlighted the livestream of President Trump’s State of the Union on the google.com homepage.
“We have historically not promoted the first address to Congress by a new president, which is technically not a State of the Union address.
“As a result, we didn’t include a promotion on google.com for this address in either 2009 or 2017.”
The spat is the latest between Mr Trump and big tech companies, which he has frequently accused of online censorship.
Mr Trump claimed on Twitter on Tuesday that
Google’s search engine results were “rigged” to only show bad news about him and other Republican voices.
Google denied these accusations, saying it never
ranks search results to manipulate political sentiment.
A senior Trump adviser has warned that the White House is “taking a look” at whether the company should face federal regulation.
In July he claimed Twitter was shadow-banning prominent Republicans – a way of reducing a person’s online visibility to the public without blocking them.
The social media giant denied the claim.