Google denies Trumps accusations of voter manipulation

first_img Google Donald Trump Mobile Applications Mobile Apps Politics Online Internet Services The report had relied on 95 people from across 24 states, 21 of whom identified as undecided, performing daily election-related searches using Google, Bing and Yahoo. According to the report, the study showed search results were “biased in Mrs. Clinton’s favor.”Trump’s accusations on Monday came two weeks after he warned Google he’s watching it “very closely” ahead of the 2020 US election. On Aug. 6, Trump tweeted he met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai to ask questions about Google’s role in the 2016 election, claiming without evidence that the search engine giant is trying to “illegally subvert” the upcoming election. “All very illegal,” Trump said in a now-deleted tweet. “We are watching Google very closely!” Share your voice Comments The original report (PDF) was published in June 2017 by Robert Epstein for the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. Epstein reiterated in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution in June 2019 that he believed Google’s search algorithm produced “biased search results” that “likely impacted undecided voters in a way that gave at least 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton.” Answering questions from Senator Ted Cruz in a video posted in July by right-wing news publication Breitbart News, Epstein added 2.6 million is “a rock-bottom minimum.” “The range is between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes depending on how aggressive they were in using the techniques that I’ve been studying, such as the search engine manipulation effect, the search suggestion effect, the answer bot effect, and a number of others,” he said. With 10.4 million being Epstein’s maximum estimated number of votes manipulated, it’s unclear where Trump’s 16 million figure comes from. Epstein also claimed that if Google, Twitter and Facebook support the same candidate in 2020, “there are 15 million votes on the line.” “In 2020, you can bet that all of these companies are going to go all out, and the methods that they’re using are invisible, they’re subliminal, they’re more powerful than most any effects I’ve ever seen in the behavioral sciences,” he said. Clinton tweeted a response to Trump Monday afternoon, saying the study has been debunked and was only based on 21 undecided voters. “For context, that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted,” she posted on Twitter. 13 The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted. https://t.co/0zHnWvGjSv— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 19, 2019 President Trump says Google “manipulated” voters. Google disagrees. Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images Google denied accusations made on Monday by President Donald Trump that the search giant “manipulated” millions of voters against him in the 2016 election. Google said Trump seemed to be referring to an old report claiming to prove that it generated at least 2.6 million votes for Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, but said the report has been “debunked since it was made.””We have never re-ranked or altered search results to manipulate political sentiment,” a Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement Monday. “Our goal is to always provide people with access to high-quality, relevant information for their queries, without regard to political viewpoint.” Citing what he claimed was a “report just out,” Trump had tweeted earlier Monday that “Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election.” “Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought!” he added. Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019 Tagslast_img read more



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UN urges Myanmar to hold proper probe into atrocities against Rohingya

first_imgA group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. Reuters file photoMyanmar must hold a “proper investigation” into alleged atrocities against the Rohingya, a UN Security Council envoy said Tuesday, after the highest-level diplomatic visit to an area from which 700,000 members of the Muslim minority have been driven out.Refugees and rights groups say Myanmar’s army and vigilantes systematically raped and murdered civilians and torched villages during “clearance operations” in Rakhine state ostensibly targeting Rohingya militants.That campaign launched last August in the mainly Buddhist nation sparked the exodus of Rohingya into Bangladesh.During the two-day trip to Myanmar, UN delegates travelled to Rakhine and also met both civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who heads an army accused by the UN of “ethnic cleansing”.”In order to have accountability there must be a proper investigation,” Britain’s UN ambassador Karen Pierce told reporters, after envoys had visited the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and also Rakhine.There were two ways to establish a full probe, “one is an ICC (International Criminal Court) referral”, she said. The other was for Myanmar’s government to hold its own comprehensive inquiry.Last month the chief prosecutor for the ICC asked judges to consider whether the court’s jurisdiction extends to Myanmar, which is not a member of the panel.Suu Kyi, pilloried outside her country for failing to speak up for the Rohingya, promised to “undertake a proper investigation” where evidence of atrocities was found, Pierce said.”It doesn’t matter whether it (a probe) is international or domestic, as long as it’s credible,” she added.During his meeting late Monday with the UN envoys, Myanmar’s army chief denied his forces had committed rape and other sexual abuses during the crackdown which he ordered.”The Tatmadaw (army) is always disciplined… and takes action against anyone who breaks the law,” he told the delegates, according to a posting late Monday on his official Facebook page.Rohingya women and girls in Bangladesh have provided consistent accounts of sexual violence — reports verified by conflict monitors — but Min Aung Hlaing said his forces have “no such history of sexual abuse.””It is unacceptable according to the culture and religion of our country,” he said, adding anyone found guilty of crimes would be punished.- Speed up returns -Min Aung Hlaing also repeated the official line that Myanmar was ready to take back those refugees who could be verified as residents, as per a repatriation deal with Bangladesh.Several months after the deal was signed, no refugees have returned. They demand guarantees of safety, the right to return to their original villages and the granting of citizenship.Another UN diplomat warned it would take “two or three years” for the refugees to be repatriated as the current timeframe to implement the deal continues to slip.”There is a need to speed up the process,” said Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the UN, adding conditions must be “safe and dignified” for return.Bangladeshi accuses Myanmar of buying time by pretending to cooperate over repatriation for the benefit of the international community.Myanmar says its neighbour has only handed back 8,000 repatriation forms so far, many of them incomplete, delaying the return process.Myanmar denies the Rohingya citizenship and accompanying rights.Since 2012 it has driven out two-thirds of its roughly 1.5 million Rohingya population.last_img read more



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