Google staffers reportedly discussed burying conservative news organizations in the company’s search function with the goal of impacting future elections – but the tech giant says nothing came out of the conversations.
Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin famously admitted in a leaked video that staffers were “upset” about President Trump’s 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton – but a bombshell report by The Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson reveals that Google staffers considered taking action.
The Daily Caller reported late Thursday that it obtained internal Google communications that show “internal Google discussions went beyond expressing remorse over Clinton’s loss to actually discussing ways Google could prevent Trump from winning again.”
A Google spokesperson told The Daily Caller that the conversations did not lead to manipulation of search results for political purposes.
The Daily Caller reported that Google engineer Scott Byer wrote it was “an election of false equivalencies” that his company “sadly, had a hand in.” The internal emails reportedly single out conservative news organizations, such as Breitbart and The Daily Caller, as “blogs” that were “elevated next to legitimate” operations.
“I think we have a responsibility to expose the quality and truthfulness of sources – because not doing so hides real information under loud noises,” the Google staffer reportedly emailed colleagues. “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.”