Here's Why Some Say Google Is Skewing Search Results to Favor Hillary
Is Google helping Hillary Clinton by skewing search results related to the presumptive Democratic nominee?
William La Jeunesse explained this morning on America's Newsroom where this allegation is coming from.
He said that a company called SourceFed put out a YouTube video demonstrating how Google's Autocomplete function operates differently from other search sites.
For example, if you type "Hillary Clinton i-n-d" into Google's search bar, the top suggested results are "Hillary Clinton Indiana" and "Hillary Clinton India."
If you try the same thing in Yahoo! or Bing's search bar, the more logical "Hillary Clinton indictment" is the top suggested result.
According to Google Trends, searches for "Hillary Clinton indictment" occur eight times more often than "Hillary Clinton India."
If you try a similar experiment related to Donald Trump, the three sites all suggest the same thing.
At the same time, Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google's parent company, is funding a tech company that aims to help Clinton with data analytics.
In a statement, Google said that the Autocomplete function "does not favor any candidate or cause."
"Claims to the contrary simply misunderstand how Autocomplete works. Our Autocomplete algorithm will not show a predicted query that is offensive or disparaging when displayed in conjunction with a person's name. More generally, our autocomplete predictions are produced based on a number of factors including the popularity of search terms," a spokesperson told Fox News.
The report comes on the heels of ex-Facebook workers claiming that the company intentionally kept conservative news stories out of its "Trending" feed.
Facebook then tried to allay the concerns by inviting a group of conservative journalists, including Fox News' Tucker Carlson and Dana Perino, to a meeting at their California headquarters.
Watch the report above, including reaction from Julie Roginsky and Tony Sayegh.