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Google Internal Documents: They Wanted to Bury Conservative News

 In Politics, Technology

Trump’s win in the 2016 election was a deep shock to Google. The Daily Caller reported that employees and executives of the company met to see if there were ways to alter the search results in order to bury Conservative News media. In truth, they’ve already skewed search results in favor of mainstream media outlets.

Google consistently claims they are not altering anything based on political views, which is incorrect.  Going directly to a specific website always works to get the information, but as for searches…not so much. Daily Caller, Breitbart, and a host of others were even once classified as “opinion blogs” and buried deep in the reaches of Google.

This screenshot was taken and reported in September of 2018:

Note the websites in the top listings: mainstream or left leaning media with negative stories

The Daily Caller wrote:

One Google engineer, Uri Dekel, identified himself as a Clinton supporter but argued that manipulating search results was the wrong route to take.

“Thinking that Breitbart, Drudge, etc. are not ‘legitimate news sources’ is contrary to the beliefs of a major portion of our user base is partially what got us to this mess. MSNBC is not more legit than Drudge just because Rachel Maddow may be more educated / less deplorable / closer to our views, than, say Sean Hannity,” Dekel wrote in a reply to Byer.

“I follow a lot of right wing folks on social networks you could tell something was brewing. We laughed off Drudge’s Instant Polls and all that stuff, but in the end, people go to those sources because they believe that the media doesn’t do it’s job. I’m a Hillary supporter and let’s admit it, the media avoided dealing with the hard questions and issues, which didn’t pay off. By ranking ‘legitimacy’ you’ll just introduce more conspiracy theories,” Dekel added.

“Too many times, Breitbart is just echoing a demonstrably made up story,” Byer wrote in a reply to his original post. He did not cite any examples.

“That happens at MSNBC, too. I don’t want a political judgement. The desire is to break the myth feedback loop, the false equivalency, instead of the current amplification of it,” Byer added.

“What I believe we can do, technically, that avoids the accusations of conspiracy or bias from people who ultimately have a right and obligation to decide what they want to believe, is to get better at displaying the ‘ripples’ and copy-pasta, to trace information to its source, to link to critiques of those sources, and let people decide what sources they believe,” another Google engineer, Mike Brauwerman, suggested… 

...Other employees similarly advocated providing contextual information about media sources in search results, and the company later did so with a short-lived fact check at the end of 2017.

Not only did the fact-check feature target conservative outlets almost exclusively, it was also blatantly wrong. Google’s fact check repeatedly attributed false claims to those outlets, even though they demonstrably never made those claims.

Google pulled the faulty fact-check program in January, crediting TheDCNF’s investigation for the decision.

Twitchy posted some of the responses to the Daily Caller report:

They’ve blamed Wikipedia for false information, they’ve claimed the California Republican party had “nazi” ideology as its platform, they even recently called a group of Republican women “enablers.” Who is really manipulating elections? Look no further than Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Who needs Russia when we have blatant censorship of our views by our own tech companies?

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