Google said that it did highlight President Trump’s speech on its homepage January 30, 2018. Google’s promotion doesn’t appear on any of the archived versions of Google.com on the the website archive The Wayback Machine for that date. However, Twitter user @WrockBro points out the Wayback Machine does in fact include a Google promotion around 1 a.m. January 31. The discrepancy appears to be because the Wayback Machine uses Greenwich Mean Time, which is hours later than U.S. Eastern Time. So it appears that Google was advertising the live stream in the U.S. while it was happening after 9 p.m. Eastern.
There’s no dispute that Google did in fact promote Obama’s speeches in 2012 through 2016, based on images from The Wayback Machine.
Google’s homepage is the number one most trafficked site on the web, according to Alexa.
Wednesday’s tweet follows Trump’s statements the day before that Google has “rigged” news story results to favor negative coverage about him from left-leaning outlets. That indictment appeared to be based on an unscientific report by a conservative news site.
Here are some examples of the Google home page on the dates when the State of the Union speeches happened.
The following screengrabs show what Google’s homepage looked like on the dates of Obama’s addresses in 2012 and 2016, respectively: