Is Social Media Politically Biased?
Today the president took to Twitter and accused Google, Facebook and others of biased search results.
I just did a Google search using just the word Trump. The top results were from CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, Vanity Fair and The Huffington Post.
Most people would agree that none of those sources are conservative by any stretch of the imagination.
Is This Reporting Or True Bias?
Looking at media as a whole I keep getting reports that negative stories on Trump far outweigh positive stories about Trump.
Using that logic wouldn’t it make sense that the most current and relative stories with the search word “Trump” would bring up more negative than positive stories?
Google’s Search Algorithm
When you type in a search term Google uses the keywords used in your search terms to determine the results you see.
They use a very sophisticated computer program algorithm to return your results and they change and refine it often to keep competitors from learning how it all works.
Positive Vs. Negative
Whether a story is positive or negative is most often in the eye of the beholder. An article one person would say is negative would be a cheerleading positive to someone with an alternative ideology.
So how can a computer program determine which is which? I’m sure they can somehow but the big question is will they?
Some Final Thoughts
The results that appear on your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc. should be providing information that is relative to you and your friends.
In reality Facebook will show you about 7 to 10 percent of the posts that your friends put up. You can select 20 friends that you want to see first on your page, but your lessor friend’s posts will end up in some desolate social wasteland.
Try a Google search for “positive Trump stories” and see what you get. Biased or not biased you make the call.