Google Accused of Bias in Search Results Ahead of Republican Presidential Primaries

A study by MRC Free Speech America reveals Google's biased search results. Illustration by Midjourney

In a recent MRC Free Speech America investigation, Google’s search engine has come under scrutiny for allegedly displaying biased search results. The research, spanning a week, revealed that Google’s search results are far from impartial.

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When MRC Free Speech America researchers entered the query “presidential campaign websites,” the results were startling.

Only two candidates’ websites appeared on the first page of the search results: a Democratic candidate and a Republican candidate polling at less than half a percent.

Intriguingly, Democratic Party candidate Marianne Williamson’s website was prominently displayed on the first page.

Similarly, Republican Will Hurd, who has not gained significant traction in the polls, was the sole Republican representative on the first page.

Notably absent were the websites of high-profile Republican candidates such as former President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and Former Vice President Mike Pence, among others.

MRC Free Speech America Vice President Dan Schneider expressed his disbelief, stating, “These results are so outrageous. Google is either the most incompetent search engine on the planet, or it’s intentional. This is not a coincidence.”

Further investigations revealed a contrasting scenario when the search term specified Democratic candidates.

A search for “democrat presidential campaign websites” promptly displayed President Joe Biden’s campaign website as the top result. However, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a significant contender in the Democratic primary, was conspicuously missing from the top results.

The results in a more generic search without specifying party affiliation still leaned heavily toward Democratic candidates.

President Biden’s and Marianne Williamson’s campaign websites were prominently displayed, while no Republican candidates made the first page. A repeat search five days later showed minor changes in rankings but still lacked representation from the Republican side.

Additionally, the search for “republican presidential campaign websites” yielded articles from mainstream media outlets like CNN, Politico, NBCNews, and The Associated Press.

These articles predominantly focused on the controversial aspects of former President Donald Trump’s tenure, with some outlets labeling his claims as “conspiracy theories” and highlighting his alleged “numerous scandals.”

This recent revelation raises questions about the neutrality of search engines and the potential influence they wield over public opinion, especially in the politically charged atmosphere leading up to the elections.

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