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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PVR reports fall in Q2 net profit pins hopes on Ae Dil

first_imgPVR shares were trading almost flat on Friday at Rs 1,225.50 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) at around 12.52 p.m. after the multiplex chain operator reported 5 percent fall in net profit for September quarter (Q2), a day earlier, despite revenues increasing by about 17 percent.The company hopes to benefit from the expected box office success of Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” to beef up revenues in the current quarter.The Hindi film hit screens on Friday after facing political hurdles that pit the film fraternity against politicians, especially the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). PVR’s consolidated net profit for the September quarter was Rs 29.13 crore, down 5 percent from Rs 30.70 crore in the corresponding quarter last year while total income rose 17 percent to Rs 554.21 crore as against Rs 474.61 crore in the year-ago period, according to the company’s statements.On a standalone basis, net profit slumped 18 percent to Rs 26 crore.Operating profit margin dipped to 16.8 percent from 18.4 percent in the September 2015 quarter.The multiplex chain operator, which has about 557 screens across 121 properties with a capacity of 1.27 lakh seating capacity, saw a dip in contribution to revenues from top five films.The share price of PVR has appreciated 19.6 percent based on its closing price of Rs 1,024 on July 1, 2016.At one of its multiplexes (in Gurgaon), PVR is charging Rs 1,600 for a gold class ticket to watch “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”. Highlights of September quarterTop five movies contributed 46 percent to gross box office in Q2, FY 2017 as against 51 percent in Q2, FY2016.Occupancy of top five movies in Q2, FY2017 was 40 percent as against 50 percent in Q2, FY2016.The top five releases (for the company from a box office collection perspective) were “Sultan,” “Dishoom,” “Pink,” “Rustom,” and “Happy Bhaag Jayegi,” but the occupancy rate for all the movies was below 50 percent.People spent more on foods and beverages (F&B), while watching films at PVR halls, resulting in a 17 percent increase in F&B revenues to Rs 139.63 crore. Entertainment Tax as a percentage of Net Box office was 29.4 percent in H1, FY2017 as against 26.7 percent in H1, FY2016.The chain operator has opened 58 screens till date in the current fiscal.The company has listed “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” and “Shivaay,” both released this Friday (October 28), as films in its “content pipeline.” ddlast_img read more



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Cal HC stays WB panchayat polls till further orders

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court today stayed till further orders the ongoing panchayat election process in West Bengal. While staying the election process, Justice Subrata Talukdar also sought from the State Election Commission by Monday a comprehensive status report on the poll process, detailing the number of nominations filed and the percentage of nominations rejected, amongst other information.The court said it would hear on April 16 the pleas challenging the SEC’s decision to withdraw its April 9 notification, which had extended the date for filing nominations by a day. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsJustice Talukdar had on April 10 stayed the withdrawal of SEC’s April 9 notification, directing the Commission to treat its order of cancellation as kept in abeyance.Justice Talukdar also imposed a cost of Rs five lakh on the BJP for misrepresentation.He held that the BJP had moved both the high court and the Supreme Court on similar pleas and likened its conduct to “forum hopping”.The apex court had yesterday directed the BJP to approach the Calcutta High Court with its grievances over the deadline for filing of nominations for the panchayat polls in West Bengal.Apart from the BJP, the CPIM and the Congress too has moved the high court challenging the SEC’s decision.last_img read more



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You are loved Inspiring messages installed on StokeonTrent bridge in effort to

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Volunteers put up messages of hope on the bridge over the A50 between Meir and Meir Park Lisa, aged 47, of Hyde, said: “We have decorated 31 bridges in Manchester and 34 people have told me they are still here today because they saw what was written.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Hayley Travis, Rachel Birks, Christine Travis, and Lisa Carr on the bridge over the A50 between Meir and Meir Park Volunteer Lisa Carr, aged 32, who works as a mental health nurse around North Staffordshire, said: “If we can do something, even to stop just one person, then we have done something worthwhile. We decorated the bridge with messages of hope, just to remind people that they are loved and that they will be missed, little quotes. Hopefully it will stop them.” Read MoreFamily demands NHS answers into death of dad-of-seven, 43, found dead in Stoke-on-Trent pub just two days after being discharged from hospital   Volunteer Rachael Birks, aged 40, from Chesterton, said: “With what has been going on recently, and stories I have seen in The Sentinel, I decided to give my support. The quotes are all there to hopefully make someone think twice. Hopefully we are going to decorate all the bridges in Stoke-on-Trent and go along the A50 and A500.” Punter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailInspirational messages have been put up at a bridge where a mother-of-one fell to her death. While the circumstances surrounding Stephanie Housley’s tragic death have yet to be ascertained, organisers behind the messages hope to reach out to people  struggling with mental health issues and who may be contemplating taking their own life. On Sunday volunteers decorated the bridge on the A50 in Meir  with messages of hope, as well as helpline numbers which they hope will result in lives being saved. They also hope to visit all the bridges in Stoke-on-Trent to try to offer hope to vulnerable people at their lowest ebb. Their efforts were backed by the Bridge The Gap project, which has decorated motorway bridges across Manchester with inspirational quotes. Driver named following fatal collision Lisa Carr and other volunteers pin up inspirational messages on the bridge over the A50 between Meir and Meir Park Notes left on the bridge included ‘choose to keep going’, ‘suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem’, and ‘just wanted to let you know, you are loved’. Read MoreDad-of-three died after being struck by train at a Stoke-on-Trent station   The Bridge The Gap project was launched by Lisa Barnes in Manchester last June. A year earlier she had stood on the top of a railway bridge in Tameside and contemplated taking her own life. She was there for three hours before a negotiator managed to talk her down. Meanwhile police have issued an appeal for witnesses as they look to piece together Stephanie Housley’s final movements before the 34-year-old, of Meir, fell from the bridge at 6.45pm on Monday, March 11. Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 656. Read More’I’d do anything to have you back’ – Brother shares this poignant last photo with ‘amazing’ Steph, 34, who fell to her death from A50 bridge Need help? If you are experiencing mental health problems, feeling suicidal, or are concerned about someone else, support is available. Speak with your GP, who can refer into appropriate local services, contact the Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline on 0808 800 2234 for out-of-hours support, or call the Samaritans on 116 123 for a listening ear 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.last_img read more



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