Are Google and Facebook really suppressing conservative politics?
Data & Society Postdoctoral Scholar Francesca Tripodi uses insights from her report, Searching for Alternative Facts to explain how Google filters search results.
“If you search for Donald Trump and receive mostly negative results, Tripodi explains, it isn’t because Google executives are censoring pro-Trump voices, but because most Google users are seeking or linking to this particular type of news item. ‘In other words, Google is biased but its bias skews towards the type of results people want to see. Search results are kind of like a public opinion poll about what news matters. The company depends on being good at measuring precisely this. If they weren’t, we wouldn’t keep using their services.'”