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Donald Trump trashes Facebook, Google and Twitter as ‘dishonest media’

Image: Twitter

Donald Trump lashed out at Facebook, Google and Twitter over the weekend, claiming they were “burying” negative news about Hillary Clinton.

Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to let everyone know he was mad about something. Two weeks ago, he yelled about Saturday Night Live‘s “hit job” now it’s a vague proclamation that lumps Facebook, Google and Twitter under the umbrella of “dishonest media.”

According to Trump, the tech companies are guilty of suppressing news relating to the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

He doesn’t get into specifics, so it’s not entirely clear what he believes has been buried, or how. A quick glance at Google News shows that the investigation reignited on Friday when FBI director James Comey pointed to newly unearthed emails is the top result as of 11:30 a.m. ET on Sunday morning.

Image: Google

Twitter doesn’t surface information in quite the same way as Google, but both #Election2016 and the Clinton probe are at the top of the site’s “Featured Tweets” section as of Sunday morning.

Image: Twitter

Facebook’s own “What’s Trending” section may or may not include mention of the email probe; it’s a difficult thing to track since the content of that section is tied to the current user’s account.

Reached for comment, a Facebook spokesperson pointed Mashable toward the below CNN tweet, in which correspondent Brian Stelter addressed the Trump tweet and tried to deduce its meaning on Reliable Sources.

Google News doesn’t change rankings of stories to influence user opinion, a source at Google told Mashable, nor does it tweak rankings related to political candidates.

Mashable also reached out to Twitter for comment, but the company did not respond.

The same cannot be said of the Twitter community at large. Trump’s tweet quickly garnered a slew of responses from users who were too happy to point out that the targets of the presidential hopeful’s ire are not, in fact, “media” companies (something Facebook stressed as recently as five days ago).

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This might convince Donald Trump that Google’s not conspiring against him

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses while speaking at New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Oct. 30.
Image: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Donald Trump called Google a member of the “dishonest media” on Sunday, but he might tone down his criticism going forward if he spent some time googling his rival last night.

Someone hijacked the Wikipedia page for “pathological lying” late on Sunday and uploaded a picture of Hillary Clinton. They also linked the Democratic presidential nominee’s name to the term throughout the article.

As a result, Clinton’s photo briefly popped up when Google users searched “pathological lying,” according to the Huffington Post. Google often pulls Wikipedia images during searches.

Searches for “45th us president” also reportedly showed a picture of Trump for a short time.

The revision history for the Wikipedia’s “pathological lying” page shows moderators quickly reverted the page back to normal and then locked it on account of “persistent vandalism.”

Clinton’s image briefly appeared on the Wikipedia page for “pathological lying.”

Image: screenshot/wikipedia

Trump has continually linked Clinton’s name with lying on the campaign trail. He often calls her “crooked Hillary,” and his supporters often chant “lock her up” at rallies for the Republican presidential nominee. More than once, his supporters have dressed up as Clinton in a prison jumpsuit.

During the second presidential debate, Trump threatened to jail Clinton if he is elected, and he’s repeatedly called her a criminal for her use of a personal email server while she was secretary of state.

That issue has dogged Clinton throughout the campaign, though the FBI found after an investigation that neither she nor her staff had committed any crime. The agency did, however, find that Clinton had been far too careless with regard to email security.

Maybe this little blip will convince Trump that Google search results aren’t conspiring against him.

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