According to intercompany communications obtained by The Daily Caller, in response to President Donald Trump’s 2016 win, Google employees debated burying TDC and other conservative news outlets in its search results.
“This was an election of false equivalencies, and Google, sadly, had a hand in it… Let’s make sure that we reverse things in four years.”
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 30, 2018
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.
Communications obtained by TheDCNF show that internal Google discussions went beyond expressing remorse over Clinton’s loss to actually discussing ways Google could prevent Trump from winning again.
“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.
“I think we have a responsibility to expose the quality and truthfulness of sources – because not doing so hides real information under loud noises,” he continued.
“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. More
We know Google downranks all conservative viewpoints and news. Proof? Simple, go to Google News and check it out for yourself.
Google needs to be broken up and regulated as a public utility. Their ability to manipulate and quash conservative voices has no place in our Constitutional Republic.
This is the *second** known instance of Google employees advocating for manipulating search results for anti-Trump purposes. WSJ previously reported that employees brainstormed ways to combat travel ban via search manipulation. https://t.co/0KRz01Ilcp
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) November 30, 2018
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