The Associated Press has learned from a source close to Google and Amazon that the company has banned Google from using search engines for search on “fake news” on its search results page, effectively shutting down any online outlets that peddle the fake news that has been peddled by the Trump administration.
Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc., and Amazon, which are owned by Amazon.com Inc., have both been criticized by conservatives for failing to remove stories from their search engines and by Democrats for failing, or at least not enforcing, the rule.
Amazon said it would not take down any sites or content it finds that promote false or misleading claims, or that do not follow its own guidelines.
The AP contacted Google and Twitter and both companies declined to comment on the specifics of the report.
The AP has reached out to Amazon for comment and will update this story if we receive a response.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The rule has been widely condemned as a victory for fake news, which has been blamed for fueling anti-Trump sentiment across the country.
Google’s ban has the potential to hurt the company financially, since it would also prohibit it from selling ads on the sites, and that could impact its revenue.
It also could harm its brand and reputation.
Google and Amazon’s crackdown comes at a time when the company is under scrutiny for its role in a Russian meddling scandal that has resulted in the resignation of a top executive.
Google is also facing a major data breach that exposed more than a billion consumer credit card information.
The ban also comes just weeks after Google said it was suspending its own efforts to combat fake news in the United States.
In a blog post on Wednesday, the company said that it has identified more than 2,500 news stories that have been flagged by its algorithm as fake news.
It has also flagged stories on websites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars.
The sites often claim to be news organizations with news that are not fact-checked or fact-verified.