- Aug 1, 2014
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Google employees debated whether to bury conservative media outlets in the company’s search function as a response to President Donald Trump’s election in 2016, internal Google communications obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation reveal. The Daily Caller and Breitbart were specifically singled out as outlets to potentially bury, the communications reveal.
Trump’s election in 2016 shocked many Google employees, who had been counting on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to win. “This was an election of false equivalencies, and Google, sadly, had a hand in it,” Google engineer Scott Byer wrote in a Nov. 9, 2016, post reviewed by TheDCNF.
Byer falsely labeled The Daily Caller and Breitbart as “opinion blogs” and urged his coworkers to reduce their visibility in search results.
“How many times did you see the Election now card with items from opinion blogs (Breitbart, Daily Caller) elevated next to legitimate news organizations? That’s something that can and should be fixed,” Byer wrote.
“Beyond that, let’s concentrate on teaching critical thinking. A little bit of that would go a long way. Let’s make sure that we reverse things in four years – demographics will be on our side.”
Some of Byer’s colleagues expressed concern that manipulating search results could backfire and suggested alternative measures.
While Robert Mueller blew millions on an investigation into political meddling from abroad, our own American tech behemoth Google discussed ways in which they could manipulate public opinion in upcoming elections. We also know that Google meddled with the 2016 Presidential Election itself, burying negative information about Hillary Clinton, and pushing anti Trump propaganda to the top of search results.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin was born in Russia, and the given name on his birth certificate is Серге́й Миха́йлович Брин
Brin represents the 'acceptable' Russian meddler in American politics however!