As Fox News first reported Thursday night, Google staffers discussed skewing search results to promote leftist immigration causes after President Donald J. Trump announced a temporary halt on immigration from seven primarily Muslim nations early this year.
“According to the email chain, Google staffers suggested actively countering ‘islamophobic, algorithmically biased results from search terms ‘Islam,’ ‘Muslim,’ ‘Iran,’ etc.’ and countering ‘prejudiced, algorithmically biased search results” regarding the words ‘Mexico,’ ‘Hispanic’ and ‘Latino,'” the report said.
Of course, what is “islamophobic” or “prejudiced” is entirely subjective and open to interpretation. If interpreted by leftists in Silicon Valley, everyone to the political right of Stalin is a bigot.
“Overall idea: Leverage search to highlight important organizations to donate to, current news, etc. to keep people abreast of how they can help as well as the resources available for immigrations [sic] or people traveling,” said an email from a marketing staffer.
“I know this would require a full on sprint to make happen, but I think this is the sort of super timely and imperative information that we need as we know that this country and Google, would not exist without immigration,” a product manager said in response.
The email thread brings to light an important point. Google views itself as the arbiter of what information is important for internet users to see.
But Google does not have the authority to speak on behalf of the citizens of this country. We did not elect Google, we elect representatives.
The Silicon Valley monstrosity was co-founded by an immigrant from the Soviet Union and is actively working on a censored version of its platform for the communist Chinese government. Should we really trust them with this type of power?
Google responded to the Fox report with a predictably generic message.
“These emails were just a brainstorm of ideas, none of which were ever implemented. Google has never manipulated its search results or modified any of its products to promote a particular political ideology — not in the current campaign season, not during the 2016 election, and not in the aftermath of President Trump’s executive order on immigration. Our processes and policies would not have allowed for any manipulation of search results to promote political ideologies,” a spokesperson reportedly said.
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