Google denies Trump's claim it's biased against him

Credit Ad Age composite

Credit Ad Age composite

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.

"For years, Google promoted president Obama's State of the Union on its homepage", the 24-second video states.

"We have historically not promoted the first address to Congress by a new President, which is technically not a State of the Union address", Google added.

Here we were, foolishly thinking people knew the basics of Google results, namely that they are picked up by automated programmes called "spiders" or "Googlebots" and based on what people around the world are searching for en masse.

The video came after Trump accused Google of rigging the results in searches for "Trump news".

Whatever may be the underlying reason, with Donald Trump going all out on Google it appears that war on Google will continue to move forward.

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Google is the top site on the web, according to Alexa, an Amazon company.

The latest tweet followed a rash of posts earlier in the week in which Trump complained that Google's news service is "rigged" against him.

Google does not see eye-to-eye with its commander in chief and has responded saying it doesn't feature a president's first address on its homepage. A Google spokesperson denied these claims to Global News. "We just want fairness".

Debunking Trump's fake news video even more, Gizmodo points out that the 2016 screen grab used in the video is a fake.

For example, the relevant 2016 page captured using the WayBack Machine features a Cinderella-themed doodle and includes the word "final" in the sentence linking to President Obama's State of the Union speech.

It is unclear whether the Trump team made the video themselves or it was produced by another group.

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