A Google manager allegedly responded to an employee who questioned the company’s war on “fake news” by arguing that fake news and “hate speech” had to be stopped, because “that’s how Trump won.”
The exchange was exposed via Twitter by another Google employee, software engineer Mike Wacker, Breitbart News reported.
Wacker said he received an email in July 2017 from the Google employee who questioned the tech giant’s targeting of fake news.
According to Wacker, the email from the employee read:
“Also, I posted a comment on a meme regarding fake news on Search and someone reported it to [Human Resources]. I didn’t say I was in favor or against, just cautioned that we need to be car[e]ful. My manager brought it up in our 1:1 last week. Made me feel very uncomfortable for having an opposing view. He said we need to stop hate [speech] and fake news because that’s how Trump won the election.
“I obviously didn’t say anything and just wanted it to end. I [redacted] would like to see all managers be required to take political bias training.”
The employee also alleged Google has official training courses aimed at “bashing conservatives and Trump supporters.”
Wacker said his friend “took the course and said he was told he didn’t know how it felt to be a minority because he was a male. This came from the speaker themselves!”
Wacker explained he decided to publish the email because of “multiple incidents, multiple concerns, and many conversations.”
He said the incident “serves as a good representative example.”
“It is certainly not an isolated incident, and others have had similar experiences,” Wacker wrote.
He advocated making a “reasonable attempt to resolve such matters internally” and said he had made a “good faith attempt to do that.”
But Wacker said his attempts to address the matter did not resolve his concerns.
“Bluntly, I do not trust Google’s ability to properly prevent and handle these sorts of incidents,” said Wacker.
Bury conservative reporting
In November, the Daily Caller reported Google employees debated whether to bury the reporting of conservative media outlets in the company’s search function in response to Trump’s election. Employees similarly sought to manipulate search results to combat Trump’s travel ban, the communications showed.
In an interview with WND at the time, Robert Epstein – who was famed behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner’s last Ph.D. student at Harvard – said Google’s effort to reverse to defeat Trump confirms his extensive, peer-reviewed research over the past half decade.
“Not only does Google have the power to shift votes and opinions on a massive scale, they actually use that power,” Epstein said.
During the 2016 election campaign, Epstein concluded that Google heavily biased results in favor of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, possibly shifting as many as 3 million votes.
A video leaked in September showed Google executives at their first weekly meeting after Trump’s election exhibiting panic and dismay while expressing their determination to thwart the new administration’s agenda as well as the emerging global populist movement.