Google News moved further left in 2023, compared to previous year: news media watchdog finds

In 2022, 61% of the articles that appeared on the news aggregator were left leaning.

Published: February 23, 2024 11:58am

Updated: February 23, 2024 12:05pm

An analysis by the news media watchdog group AllSides Technology finds roughly 63% of stories last year on the Google News were from "left and left-leaning news sources." 

In the new analysis released Thursday, 937 stories were reviewed from Oct. 30 to Nov. 14, 2023. 

The group found the 2023 percentage was up from 61% in 2022. 

"Launched in 2006, Google News is one of the most popular news aggregation tools in the world," the group says on its website. "It has been scrutinized for allegedly suppressing right-leaning and conservative news and opinions while magnifying those on the left."

39-page report by the group in October 2018, found such by Google News that year was 65%.

AllSides also found that terms that were searched on Google such as "abortion," "climate change" and "election" would bring up more left-leaning sources than right-leaning ones.

Google has been under scrutiny from lawmakers recently, alleging that government involvement has led to censorship. 

Last year, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan  alleged the Biden administration was involved in pressuring Google to censor Americans on the social media platform YouTube. 

In the thread, Jordan posted screenshots of documents that appear to show the Google and YouTube Government Affairs teams were having “conversations with the White House staff on YouTube’s policies.”

The documents were obtained by the committee and allege that the White House specifically worked with YouTube to censor "misinformation" about COVID-19 and vaccines against the virus. 

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