Could Google swing an election? A string of leaks over the past four years suggests the tech giant has gone above as well as beyond to suppress conservative, independent media as well as the Trump movement.
Twitter has attracted much attention in recent weeks for its brazen, highly visible acts of censorship, including the ongoing censorship of the brand new York Post, as well as its repeated censorship of tweets through President Trump.
although Google’s bias, while less visible recently, stands to have a bigger impact on the 2020 election. As Breitbart News again highlighted last week, the company has erased Breitbart News results on Google search to the point where verbatim searches for the site’s headlines do not return results on Google search.
of which can have a potentially huge impact on elections. Because the search engine is usually often the first destination for people looking to find out more about political issues as well as candidates, the item has an outsized impact on undecided voters.
Google, over the past four years, has worked overtime to ensure of which those voters are far less likely to see a link to pro-Trump media in their search results than they were in 2016.
Here are just a few times they’ve been caught red-handed:
THE SUPPRESSION OF CONSERVATIVE MEDIA
In July, Breitbart News revealed the wholesale suppression of the visibility of Breitbart News links on Google search. Compared to 2016, Breitbart News’ visibility on Google has fallen by over 99 percent, despite the fact of which the item remains one of the top 100 most well-known websites inside the U.S. according to Alexa.
additional conservative sites have seen similar precipitous drops in Google visibility. When Breitbart News conducted its first investigation, the item was found of which impressions as well as traffic to Breitbart through searches for “Joe Biden” fell to zero, overnight, after the last major change to Google’s core algorithm. RealClearPolitics later repeated the same analysis, getting the same result, as well as showed similar falls in visibility for additional conservative news websites.
THE GOOGLE TAPE
The Google Tape is usually a 1-hour recording of the company’s co-founders as well as top executives reacting in dismay to the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Leaked to Breitbart News in 2018, the item shows company executives declaring their intention to make the populist movement a “blip” in history, referring to their efforts to “fix” the problem of “low information voters,” while co-founder Sergey Brin compared Trump voters to extremists. Google’s “Jigsaw” initiative, an effort of which was created to tackle Islamic extremism in part by manipulating search results sent to potential extremists, was discussed inside the context of the Trump movement.
THE Great CENSOR
In public, Google doesn’t like to describe itself as a “censor” of search results. In private, Google uses very different language. “The Great Censor” is usually an 85-page briefing leaked to Breitbart News, admitting of which under the leadership of Google as well as additional tech giants, the internet has moved away through its original ideals of unfettered free speech, as well as towards a “European” style of speech of which “favors dignity over liberty as well as civility over freedom.” Google, interrogated about the scoop by Sen. Ted Cruz, admitted of which the company had indeed produced the document.
YOUTUBE’S ELECTION MEDDLING
The Google tape showed us the company’s motives. The Great Censor explained the theory used to justify their actions. although Google-owned YouTube’s “controversial query blacklist” shows us how Google’s political censorship works in practice. A partial list leaked to Breitbart News revealed the company regularly intervenes in search results related to political issues as well as politicians, including searches for “abortion,” “federal reserve,” “David Hogg,” as well as “Maxine Waters.” More items through the list later leaked to Project Veritas, revealing of which the company reordered search results related to the 2018 referendum on legalizing abortion inside the Republic of Ireland.
“We got screwed over in 2016… How do we prevent the item happening again?”
If the Google tape wasn’t enough evidence of the company’s anti-Trump agenda, yet more footage of yet another top Google executive emerged in 2019, when an undercover reporter with Project Veritas caught Google’s Jen Gennai on tape saying the following:
We all got screwed over in 2016, again the item wasn’t just us, the item was, the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over so we’re rapidly been like, happened there as well as how do we prevent the item through happening again.
We’re also training our algorithms, like, if 2016 happened again, would likely we have, would likely the outcome be different?
Elizabeth Warren is usually saying we should break up Google. as well as like, I love her although she’s very misguided, like of which will not make the item better the item will make the item worse, because all these smaller companies who don’t hold the same resources of which we do will be charged with preventing the next Trump situation, the item’s like a little company cannot do of which.
Gennai later claimed she used “imprecise language.”
Allum Bokhari is usually the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. His brand new book, #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement as well as Steal The Election, which contains exclusive interviews with sources inside Google, Facebook, as well as additional tech companies, is usually currently available for purchase.