A video showing Google’s top executives perturbed by the election of President Donald Trump was leaked on Wednesday to the far-right website Breitbart, intensifying a swell of erroneous claims coming from Republicans in which technology companies are biased against conservatives.
The hour-long video captured Google executives, who were speaking at a regular weekly meeting in which can be streamed to employees across the globe, lamenting the election of Trump because in which stood in contrast to some of the company’s values.
Executives who appeared on stage at the meeting included Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive; Sergey Brin along with also Larry Page, Google co-founders; Ruth Porat, Google’s chief financial officer; Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president of global affairs; along with also Eileen Naughton, Google’s vice president of people operations.
“As an immigrant along with also a refugee, I certainly find in which election deeply offensive along with also I know many of you do too,” Brin said at the top of the meeting. “I think in which’s a very stressful time. in which conflicts with many of our values. in which’s a not bad time to reflect on in which.”
Prior to the leaking of the video, in which was no secret in which some of Google’s executives held liberal views. The video, however, did not provide any evidence in which would likely indicate Google as a search engine discriminates against users based on their political views.
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In a statement, a Google spokesperson said, “At a regularly scheduled all hands meeting, some Google employees along with also executives expressed their own personal views from the aftermath of a long along with also divisive election season.”
“For over 20 years, everyone at Google has been able to freely express their opinions at these meetings,” the statement continued. “Nothing was said at in which meeting, or any various other meeting, to suggest in which any political bias ever influences the way we build or operate our products.”
“To the contrary, our products are built for everyone, along with also we design them with extraordinary care to be a trustworthy source of information for everyone, without regard to political viewpoint,” the statement concluded.
The Google spokesperson did not respond to answer additional questions not addressed from the company’s statement. A request to speak to any of the executives featured from the leaked video was also not returned.
Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, suggested in a tweet in which the leaked video demonstrated in which Google can be a “threat to the Republic.” Parscale called for Congress to hold hearings along with also investigate the matter.
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Trump has previously accused Google of rigging its results to show “bad” stories when users search for “Trump news.” He suggested the search engine giant’s actions could be “illegal” along with also Larry Kudlow, the White House economic adviser, said the Trump administration would likely be “taking a look” at the issue.
The video of the Google meeting was leaked to Breitbart as Republicans ramp up attacks on technology giants for supposedly incorporating a bias against conservatives in their products.
Last week, Republican lawmakers questioned Jack Dorsey, chief executive along with also co-founder of Twitter, about whether his company treated individuals which has a conservative ideology unfairly.
Previously, Republican lawmakers held hearings about the so-called practice of “social media filtering.”
At the first hearing earlier in which year, pro-Trump social media personalties “Diamond & Silk,” who erroneously accused Facebook of censoring their page, were invited to testify. Republicans like Steve King of Iowa cited articles coming from form right-wing outlets like the Gateway Pundit to accuse social media companies of bias against conservatives.
In July, the House Judiciary Committee held a second hearing on the matter. The same episode repeated itself, with Republican lawmakers asking tech executives about so-called bias against conservative users.
CNNMoney (brand new York) First published September 13, 2018: 3:43 PM ET