Later in the day, briefly addressing the media at an Oval Office meeting with FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Trump broadened his critique saying, "I think that Google and Twitter and Facebook, they're really treading on very, very troubled territory".
Some Republican U.S. lawmakers have also raised concerns about social media companies removing content from some conservatives, and have called Twitter's chief executive to testify before a House of Representatives panel on September 5.
Trump added: "Illegal? 96% of ... results on "Trump News" are from National Left-Wing Media, very risky". Additionally, while Google uses manual quality raters to test new algorithm changes, they do not use them on live search results. "That's a very serious charge", Trump said, adding that Google, Twitter, Facebook and others "better be careful, because you can't do that to people".
In response, Google said its goal is to make sure users of its search engine get the most relevant answers quickly.
Trump, especially, has been slamming social media hard, using Twitter to complain about bias in Google searches and that conservatives' voices are being silenced. Every year, we issue hundreds of improvements to our algorithms to ensure they surface high-quality content in response to users' queries. The problem here is that when you limit yourself to one media outlet and label the rest as "Fake News", Google's search results are going to seem skewed against you.
At a rally in West Virginia earlier in the week, Trump even suggested that censorship was worse than his old foe, the "fake news media".
After Trump's tweets, the Drudge report claimed credit for bringing the issue to his attention, tweeting, "THE DRUDGE LINK THAT STARTED IT ALL". It is likely that Trump, who has repeatedly used Right-Wing media reports to fuel his statements, is quoting an article from PJ Media. Among his most consistent refrains is "Fake News", which more often than not refers to news that is entirely true but unflattering to the president.
Analyzing the first page of results only, The Epoch Times found that 3 out of 27 articles shown in total were conservative, and they all came from a single conservative site-Fox News.
Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 85 percent said social media sites intentionally censor political viewpoints, according to Pew. Conversely, on the right, the study lists the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, McClatchy, and Fox News.
U.S. member of Congress Ted Lieu, a Democrat, said in a tweet directed at Trump that such restrictions on Google would violate the U.S. Constitution: "If government tried to dictate the free speech algorithms of private companies, courts would strike it down in a nanosecond".