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US retail chains Sears and Kmarts websites no longer sell items from the Trump home line owned by the Trump Organisation, according to reports

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Washington, Feb 12, 2017: US retailers Sears and Kmart’s websites no longer sell products from the Trump Home line, which is owned by the Trump Organisation, a Business Insider report said.

As of Friday, a search for Trump Home items on both retailers’ websites yielded no results, except items sold by third-party sellers, the report issued on Saturday said.

A Sears spokesperson told the Business Insider that the company is looking into the disappearance of the Trump line.

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As of Tuesday, Sears was still selling 19 Trump Home items online and Kmart was selling 13 items, according to Shannon Coulter, the brand strategist who started the #GrabYourWallet boycott against retailers selling products owned by US President Donald Trump’s organisation.

It is unclear if Trump Home merchandise is still for sale in the retail stores.

Last week, luxury retailers Nordstrom officially cut ties with Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand, and her line of clothing and accessories also disappeared from Neiman Marcus’ website.

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Home Shopping Network stopped selling a Trump Home line of lamps.

On Wednesday, President Trump weighed in, saying Nordstrom’s treatment of his daughter is “unfair”. (IANS)

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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.”

Republicans have long accused Google of political bias, which the company has strongly denied.

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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)