Google finally added a mention of Donald Trump’s presidency to his “about” section on the search results page. The change came months after MRC Free Speech America exclusively reported that former President Donald Trump was one of only two U.S. presidents with no acknowledgement of his presidential status in his Google “about” section.
MRC Free Speech America reported on Oct. 13, that, as of Oct. 1, Trump was the only U.S. president who did not have some indication of his presidential office in his Google “about” section. The “about” section is on the upper right on the results page when looking up a name on the Google search engine, and is meant to give the relevant information about that individual at a glance. Every U.S. president had either a “presidential term” years listing or a mention of presidential office in his biography. Former President Abraham Lincoln joined Trump in the Google memory hole by Oct. 13, with all mentions of his presidential status removed. Trump ripped Google’s censorship in exclusive comments to MRC Free Speech America, saying, “It’s a disgrace to our Country. I got them by surprise in 2016 and they said we’ll never let it happen again. They should be punished.”
Google has since updated its “about” sections so that, as of March 31, every single U.S. president has a mention of his presidential status in his respective “about” section. President Joe Biden and Trump have their presidential status included in their brief biography paragraphs. All other presidents have their presidential status mentioned in their biographies and in their “presidential term(s)” listings, including Lincoln. Trump’s “about” update is fairly recent, however; as of February 25, 2022, Trump’s “about” still contained no mention of his presidential status. That means the information was still missing 135 days after the former president of the United States criticized Google for failure.
Google has a history of biased censorship, including reportedly targeting Trump through rewriting its news algorithm. Psychologist and researcher Dr. Robert Epstein did a study indicating that Google deliberately tries to influence elections in favor of Democrats through its search algorithms. Epstein exclusively told MRC Free Speech America in November about Google, “The detailed information they have about each and every one of us allows them to effectively shift opinions with biased search results, search suggestions, answer boxes … and more.”
Google-owned YouTube also has a history of biased censorship. YouTube has consistently censored a video and then restored it, claiming the initial removals were a mistake. YouTube did just that this week with a Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial debate hosted by the Pennsylvania Family Institute.
Google has not responded to a request for comment from MRC Free Speech America.
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