President Trump followed his anti-Google tweets this morning with an ominous warning for the big social media companies as a whole.
Trump in the Oval Office today:
- “I think Google is really taking advantage of a lot of people."
- "[Google, Facebook and Twitter had] better be careful because you can’t do that to people."
- "[W]e have literally thousands and thousands of complaints coming in."
- "[T]hey are really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful. It is not fair to large portions of the population.”
Why it matters: These three social media companies are central to Trump's political rise, and he's increasingly using them as punching bags over issues like censorship and bias.
Reality check: The right has been alleging for years that large tech companies are intentionally and systematically biased against them, but there's little evidence to back up those claims.
- “Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results toward any political ideology,” said a Google spokesperson in a Tuesday statement after Trump tweeted.
The bottom line: There’s little that the White House could do without Congress. But there have never been more proposals on regulating large web platforms circulating around Washington than there are right now — even if they are long shots, according to Axios' David McCabe.