Donald Trump accused Google of bias during a rally on Wednesday night, saying the company is “suppressing” negative Hillary Clinton information.
“A new post-debate poll that just came out, the Google poll, has us leading Hillary Clinton by two points nationwide,” Trump said. “And that’s despite the fact that Google search engine was suppressing the bad news about Hillary Clinton.”
“Google autocomplete does not favor any candidate or cause. Claims to the contrary simply misunderstand how autocomplete works,” the company said back in June when a video making similar accusations went viral.
Trump seems to have been referring to the Independent Journal Review poll conducted by Google Consumer Surveys. The poll has Trump with a slight lead, 45.7 percent compared to 44 percent.
Ironically, the same polls shows that 52 percent feel Clinton won the first presidential debate. Trump has drawn criticism for repeatedly saying he won the debate, which prompted Fox News execs to warn employees not to cite unscientific online polls.
Breitbart picked up a report by a Russian website earlier this month that claimed Google is “manipulating search results related to Hillary Clinton that may ‘shift as many as 3 million votes’ in the upcoming presidential election.”
Former Breitbart News exec Stephen Bannon is the CEO of the Trump campaign.