A new study once again proved Google’s bias against Conservatives as it pertains to its search results.
A new study about Google News shows that while everyone gets the same results, five liberal news organizations “alone” made up 49 percent of the total recommendations from the respective experiments. The five were The New York Times, CNN, Politico, The Washington Post and HuffPost.
The study, written by Columbia University PhD candidate Efrat Nechushtai and University of Oregon Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media chair Seth Lewis, set to be published in the journal “Computers in Human Behavior,” stated only 14 news organizations “made up 79% of the total number of news recommendations suggested to searchers.”
Discussing the study with Wired, Lewis said, “Yes, Google News is dominated by mainstream news. If you consider mainstream news to be left-leaning, you will have concerns about the results you get from Google News. There’s no question about that.”
The researchers, with the help of human intelligence marketplace Amazon Mechanical Turk, used individuals’ personal Google accounts to search for news on then-candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. They found:
Across the four searches, fourteen news organizations ranked in the top five: CNN, Politico, Fortune, The Chicago Tribune, Business Insider, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNBC, ABC, Time, The Los Angeles Times, HuffPost, and USA Today. … Together, these outlets made up 79% of the total number of news recommendations suggested to searchers. The number of recommendations was unevenly distributed among these organizations as well, with the five most prominent outlets—The New York Times, CNN, Politico, The Washington Post and HuffPost—making up half (49%) of the 1,653 total recommended links.
What this study shows us is that Google’s algorithm has a bias for Liberal Websites. Even if you think that the Mainstream Media is not biased the fact The Huffington Post pops up which calls itself a liberal site but Breitbart doesn’t proves that liberal sites have it easier to get noticed. It is also shocking to me that Fox News which is seen as a right-leaning Mainstream Media outlet isn’t even a Top 14 on the Google results even though it is by far one of the biggest outlets in the world.