Google this week declined the claims that its search engines are inclined towards any political philosophy, thus answering to the accusation by US President Donald Trump claiming that the search algorithms are developed to silence conformist voices.
“When consumers enter queries into the search bar, our objective is to ensure they get the most relevant response within seconds. Search is not employed to set a political plan and we do not prejudice our outcomes toward any political philosophy,” the media quoted Google as claiming in an interview.
The company claimed, “Each year, we issue a number of upgrades to our algorithms to make sure they give high-quality material in response to consumers’ queries. We frequently operate to enhance Google Search and we never rank results to influence political feeling.”
In a series of tweets this week, Trump had claimed that “Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media.”
Speaking of Google, the firm and Xiaomi (the smartphone maker) are among sponsors lining up for Where Is My Train (2-year-old startup), an app that provides live updates on trains without the utilization of GPS and Internet, as per two sources well aware of this issue.
Google is in discussion to buy the firm for $30–40 Million, while Xiaomi has conducted meetings for an unnamed investment, the sources claimed.
“The discussions with Google are more enhanced and they are expected to purchase the firm as a fraction of their Next Billion Users program,” one of the sources claimed, stating that a deal is not yet finalized.
Where Is My Train, which is run and owned by Sigmoid Labs, is one of the most installed train-based applications in the nation with more than 10 Million downloads. It vies with RailYatri (backed by Nandan Nilekani) and iXigo, backed by venture capital companies SAIF Partners and Sequoia Capital.