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Washington, December 17, 2016: US President-elect Donald Trump thanked the Indian-Americans, acknowledging their contribution in his electoral triumph, saying his victorious campaign did “great with the Hindus”.

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Trump, while addressing thousands of his supporters during a “Thank You” rally in Orlando, Florida said, “We have a lot of people here tonight from the Indian community, Hindus. We did great with the Hindus.”

For the first time Trump has acknowledged the contribution of Indian-Americans, in his historic electoral victory, in the event in Florida, which has a sizeable Indian-American population and was attended by a large number of community members.

Trump pointing his fingers to the Indian-American community present at the rally said,

“Where are they? We have a big group. There they are. I want to thank you. You folks were amazing. They were amazing and voted and they were fantastic.”

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Before the elections, Donald Trump attended a Republican Hindu Coalition’s charity event that was organised to raise funds for Hindu victims of terror in Bangladesh and Kashmir.
For the first time a presidential candidate attended an Indian-American event.

Not only Trump, his family members too visited the temples in both Florida and Virginia; a first time for a presidential campaign.

In the campaign, Trump also released an advertisement saying “Aab Ki Baar Trump Sarkar”, copying the punchline of Modi’s historic 2014 election.

Chairman of Republican Hindu Coalition Shalabh Salli Kumar said, all these had an impact on the voting pattern of the Indian-Americans, who all have been traditionally Democratic supporters.

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Based on a survey, Kumar said, “More than 60 per cent of the community members voted for Trump this time.”

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The House committee had also questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech

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US Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, in an effort to understand how Google search algorithms work, asked its CEO Sundar Pichai why so many pictures of President Donald Trump appear when she does a Google search for “idiot”.

“Right now, if you Google the word ‘idiot’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. I just did that,” the California Democrat told Pichai during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday here.

“How would that happen? How does search work so that would occur?” Lofgren asked Pichai, according to the Washington Post.

The Google CEO — who was at the hearing to address allegations of political bias in his company’s widely used search engine — said the results were based on billions of keywords ranked according to over 200 factors such as relevance, popularity, how others were using the search term, to determine how to best match a query with results.

“So it’s not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what we’re going to show the user?” Lofgren asked. “It’s basically a compilation of what users are generating.”

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In August, Trump said in a tweet that a Google search for “Trump News” showed only reports from “Fake News Media.” He concluded it was “rigged” against him so “almost all stories and news was bad.”

House Republicans said they wanted to hold the hearing — entitled “Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices” — to make sure the search giant was being impartial.

“Americans put their trust in big tech companies to honour freedom of speech and champion open dialogue,” Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said in a statement before the hearing.

The House committee had also questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech.

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In response to Republicans who complained about Google searches, Democratic Representative Ted Lieu said: “If you want positive search results, do positive things. If you don’t want negative search results, don’t do negative things.”

“And to some of my colleagues across the aisle, if you’re getting bad press articles and bad search results, don’t blame Google or Facebook or Twitter, consider blaming yourself.” (IANS)