White House 'preparing to investigate tech giants'

By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter
The White House has drafted an executive order for Donald Trump which would instruct federal agencies to investigate the business practices of technology giants including Facebook and Google.
Without naming specific companies, a draft copy of the order, obtained by Bloomberg, instructs antitrust (competition law) authorities to "thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws".Other federal agencies are instructed to develop recommendations on how to "protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias" within a month by the order, which has not been finalised.It is currently in its preliminary stages and federal agencies will consult on its contents before it goes to the president.Mr Trump publicly accused Google of rigging its search results against him last month, apparently based on claims broadcast on the Lou Dobbs Tonight programme, a show on Fox.
#StopTheBias— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
He also claimed in a tweet that the web giant promoted Barack Obama's addresses but not his own.Google rejected the allegations.Detecting and establishing bias in complicated algorithms is a growing problem in the field of computer science, with artificial intelligence being used to make determinations on issues such as the likelihood of prisoners to reoffend and loan interest rates.
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