President Trump's economic adviser Tuesday revealed that the idea of regulating Google and other social-media monopolies now is under review.
Larry Kudlow's remark came outside the White House just hours after the president unleashed a series of tweets criticizing Google for search results that produce mostly negative assessments of his presidency.
The White House is "taking a look" at the idea of regulation, said Kudlow.
The confirmation comes after studies have confirmed the pervasive anti-Trump, anti-conservative bias online and explained how its carried out.
WND recently reported a 49-page memo spelled out a plan by George Soros-funded groups in January 2017 to collaborate with social-media platforms to remove Trump from office.
Joseph Farah, CEO and founder of WND, called the memo "nothing short of a plan to turn Google, Facebook and other social media into hyper-partisan Democratic Party activists, promoters, cheerleaders, and off-the-books donors in an effort to turn the country into a one-party state."
He pointed out the plan was instituted right after President Trump's inauguration, which was when independent, online media outlets such as WND and Breitbart began to see their traffic curbed by Facebook, Google and others.
Long before any other news organization, WND was exposing the coordinated campaign by the “Internet Cartel” – Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Amazon, Apple and others – to silence free speech by censoring and suppressing independent, conservative and Christian expression on the Internet. Here are highlights of WND’s groundbreaking news and analysis of what has been called the 21st century's greatest assault on America’s fundamental freedoms of speech, press and religion.
The Los Angeles Times reported Kudlow's comment Tuesday "puts the search giant squarely in the White House's crosshairs amid wider allegations against the tech industry that it systematically discriminates against conservatives on social media and other platforms."
President Trump tweeted Tuesday that Google search results favors the "Fake New[s] Media."
"Google search results for 'Trump News' shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New[s] Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96 percent of results on 'Trump News' are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation - will be addressed!" Trump wrote.
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Google claimed in an unattributed statement that its searches aren't politically biased.
But the statement admitted the company determines the "relevant answers" in a search
Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh cited the "active suppression of conservatism and conservatives on all of these platforms."
"There is not an engagement of ideas. There is an elimination of ideas," he said.
Limbaugh said there isn't "this vibrant so-called beautiful, wonderful smorgasbord of ideas where people get to exchange and debate and expand their minds."
"There is an ongoing effort to eliminate anything that is not from the liberal order, which would mean eliminating conservatives, conservatism, conservative sites, conservative results and search engines. I know it's not news to you that this has been going on," he said.
"It is a massive effort being undertaken that has as its purpose the elimination of conservatism by simply pretending it doesn't exist."
The Associated Press, which boasts of being the world's oldest and largest newsgathering organization, complained that Trump "lashed out" at Google over its suppression of conservative voices, arguing the president "cited no evidence."
AP said its own Google search for Trump showed stories from CNN, ABC, Fox and MarketWatch.
CNBC reported Trump's concerns "couldn't be more timely."
"Next week, Google, Facebook and Twitter representatives will testify before Congress, discussing censorship and election meddling. The hearings mark the second time representatives from all the companies will be on Capitol Hill to address concerns of election interference. For Facebook, it will be the third, following CEO Mark Zuckerberg's grilling earlier this year over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg are among those confirmed to be attending the hearings," the report said.
Newsbusters has published a report by its umbrella, the Media Research Center, explaining how online media companies suppress conservative speech.
"War is being declared on the conservative movement in this [online] space and conservatives are losing — badly. If the right is silenced, billions of people will be cut off from conservative ideas and conservative media," Newsbusters said. "It's the new battleground of media bias. But it's worse. That bias is not a war of ideas. It's a war against ideas. It's a clear effort to censor the conservative worldview from the public conversation."
The Media Research Center found the problem at Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube is "far more troubling than most conservatives realize."
For example, "Project Veritas recently had caught Twitter staffers admitting on hidden camera that they had been censoring conservatives through a technique known as shadow banning, where users think their content is getting seen widely, but it's not.
And Facebook's "Trending Feed" was found by Gizmodo to be exhibiting bias.
"It had detailed claims by former employees that Facebook's news curators had been instructed to hide conservative content from the 'trending' section, which supposedly only features news users find compelling."
Blacklisted were the Conservative Political Action Conference and Rand Paul.
And at Google?
"Google and YouTube's corporate chairman Eric Schmidt had assisted Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. The company's search engine had deployed a similar bias in favor of Democrats. One study had found 2016 campaign searches were biased in favor of Hillary Clinton. Even the liberal website Slate had revealed the search engine's results had favored both Clinton and Democratic candidates. Google also had fired engineer James Damore for criticizing the company's 'Ideological Echo Chamber.' The company had claimed he had been fired for 'advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.' Damore is suing Google, saying it mistreats whites, males and conservatives."
The study uncovering the anti-Trump bias was by PJMedia, which found that in a search on Trump not "a single right-leaning site appeared on the first page of search results."
The researcher performed the search "multiple times using different computers (registered to different users) and Google returned similar results."
"While not scientific, the results suggest a pattern of bias against right-leaning content."