Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today, appeared on Glenn Beck’s Wednesday night show on March 4, 2020 to talk about how Big Tech companies can manipulate America’s elections.
And they can pull this off without anyone knowing.
According to Epstein’s research, Google was deliberately changing what people can view on the Internet in order to mold public opinion. Epstein claims that Google’s search algorithm has the power to “shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more — up to 80 percent in some demographic groups — with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated.”
Dr. Epstein conducted one experiment where he was able to change a person’s view of a candidate between 37 percent and 63 percent of the time. The catch is that he was able to do so in just one search session, per The Blaze report.
Search engine manipulation is one of many tools in Big Tech’s toolbox to shift voter opinion. Another way Big Tech tries to influence political decision is through search suggestions that pop up as someone is typing in a search or “ephemeral experiences.” Epstein contends that there are at least eight more ways that Big Tech can subtly change the way Americans vote.
Epstein informed Beck that he’s been working closely with the White House and is of the opinion that the Trump administration will conduct an investigation into how Big Tech companies may be undermining elections.
Big Tech meddling is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Social media has effectively become a “Fifth Estate” and acts an appendage of the Deep State. Gun rights organizations and other groups promoting gun-related content have already been demonetized on social media outlets such as Facebook and YouTube during the last few years.
Policymakers will need to look into reforming some of the government-granted immunities that these companies receive so that there is a level playing field, and also to keep these companies in check.
Free Speech Organization FIRE Defends Kansas State Student Jaden McNeil From a Politically Correct Lynch Mob, KSU Will Not Expel the Student
Given the tense climate of American political discourse in 2020, there was speculation that he was about to be expelled from the university.
Nevertheless, online activism from the likes of staunch right-winger Michelle Malkin helped create sufficient pushback against the lynch mobs that were descending on McNeil.
Now, McNeil has even more backup with free speech organization The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) coming to his defense.
FIRE sent KSU a resounding warning:
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to defending liberty, freedom of speech, due process, academic freedom, legal equality, and freedom of conscience on America’s college campuses.
FIRE appreciates that Kansas State University is one of the few institutions in the country whose policies earn a ‘green light’ rating from FIRE. We write today in response to the University’s statement that it is reviewing its “options” concerning KSU undergraduate Jaden McNeil’s statement on social media.
KSU made a suggestive tweet in response to McNeil’s original tweet about Floyd:
A message from President Richard Myers:
The insensitive comments posted by one K-State student hurts our entire community. These divisive statements do not represent for the values of our university. We condemn racism and bigotry in all its forms.
— K-State (@KState) June 26, 2020
A message from President Richard Myers: The insensitive comments posted by one K-State student hurts our entire community. These divisive statements do not represent for the values of our university. We condemn racism and bigotry in all its forms.
We are launching an immediate review of the university’s options. Black Lives Matter at Kansas State University and we will continue to fight for social justice.
McNeil tweeted jokingly, “Congratulations to George Floyd on being drug free for an entire month!”
FIRE’s letter served as a reminder to KSU that as a public university it is bound by the United States Constitution and is compelled to protect free speech per the First Amendment. Yes, even when it comes to offensive speech.
The letter added:
While McNeil’s tweets may be deeply offensive to many, they do not fall into a category of speech unprotected by the First Amendment, which strictly limits public universities like KSU from punishing protected expression.
The entire statement can be read on Michelle Malkin’s twitter feed:
Exclusive: @TheFIREorg sends @KState letter reminding officials of their constitutional obligations in treatment of @JadenPMcNeil ==>"McNeil’s tweets are unquestionably protected by the First Amendment." pic.twitter.com/8dXOvwewGQ
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) June 30, 2020
The stakes are high in 2020, as free speech hangs in the balance thanks to relentless pressure from the PC Left and Big Tech.
The good news is that KSU announced that it will not expel McNeil over his Tweet. But the fight is far from over.
Anyone who values American freedoms should stand in solidarity with McNeil.
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