The Media Research Center (MRC), a conservative content analysis group, has called out Google for manipulating its search engine results to favor Democratic candidates running in critical Senate states.
The MRC has publically asked Google to “stop its war on democracy” and “provide algorithmic transparency” after they discovered that the campaign websites of 10 Republicans appeared on search result pages significantly lower down than their Democratic opponent’s sites.
Seven of these Republican websites weren’t even on the first page of Google search results.
The races analyzed by the MRC included 12 states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The MRC commented on these findings, saying, “Google’s bias is undeniable when shown in comparison to other search engines. Bing and DuckDuckGo both show, with one exception, all 12 Democrat and Republican senate candidate’s websites within the top five organic search results.”
The MRC continued, insisting that Google must be investigated for its apparent search bias:
“The Media Research Center is calling upon Google to stop its war on democracy.
To regain the trust of conservatives it must provide algorithmic transparency to show that liberal groups and candidates are treated the same way as conservatives. MRC is also calling upon members of Congress to take action protecting Americans’ free speech liberties. Congress should investigate Google’s search bias and its results on the midterm elections.”
Google is also being called out by the GOP for political bias on its email platform, Gmail. A study conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University revealed that Gmail marks almost 70% of right-wing messages as spam, compared to just 10% of left-wing messages.
Additional research on Gmail’s biased programming was done by the RNC. Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the RNC, tweeted back in January about Google’s impact on their fundraising emails that were sent to Gmail inboxes.
McDaniel said, “Big Tech’s bias is out of control. Every single month – for several months now – Google has systematically attacked the RNC’s email fundraising during important donation days at the end of the month. Our emails go from strong inbox delivery (90-100%) down to 0%.”
These spam filters that Google has installed have cost the RNC an estimated $2 billion in donations since just 2019.
Big Tech’s bias is out of control.
Every single month – for 7 months in a row – Google has systematically attacked the RNC’s email fundraising during important donation days at the end of the month.
Our emails go from strong inbox delivery (90-100%) down to 0%. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/WLJUSg4viY
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 29, 2022
Google has denied these claims and has announced it is pushing a pilot program to “provide more transparency into the process.”
“We do not filter emails based on political affiliation,” Google insisted in a statement to Fox News.