Google pushes back after Trump claims it ignored SOTU address

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He later posted a tweet saying Google had for years promoted former President Barack Obama's State of the Union addresses on its home page, but stopped the practice when Trump took office last year.

President Trump shared a video to his personal Twitter account with the hashtag #StopTheBias in an attempt to provide evidence of how Google was using a different set of rules for his administration.

A quick search on the Wayback Machine proves that Google is telling the truth, and that Trump's first and only State of the Union address was indeed highlighted on Google's homepage in January.

"Now the president - the video he tweeted showed no promotion for the 2018 state of the union address, which is not accurate", he continued.

Google later issued a statement refuting the commander-in-chief's accusation - one of his near-daily attacks on the news media or social media platforms - and explaining what really happened.

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

The archive site shows the webpages in Greenwich Mean Time, which is several hours ahead of the Eastern time zone in the U.S. That means the relevant images of the Google homepage promoting Trump's prime-time Washington speech on January 30 are dated one day later, on January 31, Mark Graham, director of the Wayback Machine archive site, told The Associated Press.

Several archived pages from the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine also show Google's homepage linking to President Trump's State of the Union Address.

Earlier this week, the President said Google and other tech companies were "treading on very, very troubled territory."

Freedom Watch, a government watchdog, has filed a class action lawsuit against Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Apple alleging antitrust violations and claiming the companies stifle the voice of conservatives.

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