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This article was published on August 20, 2019


Google disproves Trump’s accusation of vote manipulation

Google disproves Trump’s accusation of vote manipulation
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Last night, President Donald Trump tweeted in his signature style accusing Google of manipulating 2.6 to 16 million votes in Hilary Clinton’s favor in the 2016 Presidential Elections. However, Google swiftly responded by denying all allegations made by Trump.

In a statement, the company said it never altered search results to manipulate political opinions:

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.

The “just out” report Trump’s referring to is in fact a study published in 2017 by psychologist Robert Epstein. In a testimony before Senate Judiciary Committee in July, Epstein said Google’s search algorithm has some bias and it “likely impacted undecided voters in a way that gave at least 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton.”

However, this study was based on search results of just 95 people, 21 of whom were undecided, over the course of 25 days. Clinton took to Twitter to point this out while taking the opportunity to take a swipe at Trump.

Google also commented on Epstein’s report saying the researcher’s claim has been debunked since it was made in 2016. Trump, in a now-deleted tweet, said: “We are watching Google very closely.”

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