By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Another explosive video released by Project Veritas on Wednesday features new admissions from a Google software engineer claiming — against — that the tech behemoth’s search algorithms are intentionally biased against POTUS Donald Trump.
Dr. Greg Coppola, who has a Ph.D. in philosophy in Computer Science tells the undercover journalism organization that without a doubt, algorithms have been manipulated purposefully to ensure that people get mostly negative stuff about POTUS in the Google News feed.
“Google News is really an aggregator of just a handful of sites and all of those sites really are vitriolically against President Trump, which I would really consider to be interference in the American election,” Coppola says in the video.
“Like for example, CNN is the most commonly used source in Google News: 20 percent of all results for Donald Trump are from CNN when that’s the entire internet of millions of sites,” he adds.
CNN, of course, is notoriously anti-Trump, even to the point of being mentally unstable.
Okay, but it this just a conspiracy theory?
“I’ve been coding since I was ten [years old.] I have a Ph.D., I have five years’ experience at Google and I just know how algorithms are,” Coppola says. “They don’t write themselves. We write them to do what want them to do.”
How can Google’s slanted feed influence politics? Coppola notes:
Well, I think we’re just at a really important point in human history. I think for a while we had tech that was politically neutral. Now we have tech that really, first of all, is taking sides in a political contest, which I think, you know, anytime you have big corporate power merging with political parties can be dangerous.
And I think more generally we have to just decide now that we kind of are seeing tech use its power to manipulate people. It’s a time to decide, you know, do we run the technology, does the technology run us?
He also believes that the senior leadership’s blatant anti-Trump, anti-conservative bias had wrecked Google’s business model and credibility:
I think we had a long period, of ten years, let’s say, where we had search and social media that didn’t have a political bias and we kind of got used to the idea that the top search results at Google is probably the answer.
And Robert Epstein who testified before Congress last week, um, looked into it and showed that you know, the vast majority of people think that if something is higher rated on Google Search than another story, that it would be more important and more correct.
And you know, we haven’t had time to absorb the fact that tech might have an agenda. I mean, it’s something that we’re only starting to talk about now.
Asked about Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s December 2018 congressional testimony in which he said, under oath, that no, there’s no search bias at Google, Coppola said:
First of all, I report to Sundar of course. And I have a great deal of respect for him as a manager. I work on the Google Assistant, which really doesn’t have a political bias. Google Assistant is things like, hey, Google, set an alarm for nine AM, play some music, that type of stuff…
I think it’s, you know, ridiculous to say that there’s no bias. I think everyone who supports anything other than the Democrats, anyone who’s pro-Trump or in any way deviates from what CNN and the New York Times are pushing, notices how bad it is.
When did Google really become more political? Right before the 2016 presidential election:
I started in 2014. 2014 was an amazing time to be at Google. We didn’t talk about politics. No one talked about politics. You know, it was just a chance to work with the best computer scientists in the world, the best facilities, the best computers and free food.
I think as the election started to ramp up, the angle that the Democrats and the media took was that anyone who liked Donald Trump was a racist… And that got picked up everywhere. I mean, every tech company, everybody in New York, everybody in the field of computer science basically believed that.
A small number of people do work on making sure that certain new sites are promoted. And in fact, I think it would only take a couple out of an organization of 100,000, you know, to make sure that the product is a certain way…
Asked about his sacrifice in going public:
I mean, I have a job that pays well and has other benefits like working with very intelligent coworkers and really at the forefront of computer science. The Google Assistant is probably the most advanced artificial intelligence system anywhere in the world. Then for someone like me who’s been coding since I was a kid, um, it’s hard to find a job that pushes me to the limits the way working at Google does.
But I guess I just, you know, I look at search and I look at Google News and I see what it’s doing and I see Google executives go to Congress and say that it’s not manipulated. It’s not political. And I’m just so sure that’s not true. That it’s, you know, it becomes a lot less fun to work on the product. So it affects you that much.
Yeah, definitely. I mean, the thing about Google is if you leave, um, you know, any other salary at any other company will be lower. Hmm. So I do think it’s a sacrifice.
But do search results and newsfeeds really matter in the overall scheme of political preferences? You bet, says Robert Epstein.
In fact, as we have reported, Epstein believes Google’s warped, biased search and newsfeed results may even have cost Republicans some seats last year:
Studies he has conducted in the past have revealed that Google has demonstrated it is capable of changing a 50-50 split among undecided voters into a 90-10 split without anyone realizing they had been manipulated, and without making it apparent to outside observers, based on a set of search suggestions that can be implanted into algorithms.
And Epstein made another startling revelation in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson earlier this year: A single shift in Google search results on Election Day 2018 very likely shifted anywhere from 800,000 to 4.6 million votes to Democratic candidates.
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