Yesterday, in an explosive tweet, President Trump tweeted about the serious issue of censorship tactics being used by Google. In his tweet, Trump called out Google specifically for manipulating search results to harm Republicans and conservatives, essentially shutting them out of their user’s searches.
Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of…
Trump continued his tweet, by warning Google and other social media tech giants that this “very serious situation” will be addressed.
….results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!
So, is President Trump correct? Does Google manipulate their search engine to deprioritize conservative content, or prioritize liberal fact-checking sites that criticize conservatives or conservative news sites?
A quick search of our website proves that Facebook does, in fact, censor their search results. An obscure fact-checking site whose only purpose is to falsely accuse conservative sites of being “fake news” is ranked higher than our Facebook page with almost 1.7 million followers, that clearly drives more traffic. The other sites highlighted in yellow with red arrows pointing to them are also leftist groups who are attempting to destroy the credibility of conservative news sites like ours:
So, who’s behind Google?
Sergey Brin, a Russian immigrant, is the president of tech giant Alphabet, the parent firm of Google.
Brin previously ran the secretive Google X division, which made the ill-fated Google glasses. He cofounded search engine firm Google with Larry Page in 1998. Brin and Page met at Stanford University while studying for advanced degrees in computer science. Google went public in 2004 and changed its name to Alphabet in 2015.
In 2018, Brin was named Forbes’ 35th most powerful person in the world.
But is he really only the 35th most powerful person in the world? Isn’t Google’s influence, as the top search engine in the world, a bit more powerful than say, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who, unlike Sergey Brin, has no chance of influencing elections in almost every corner of the world?
Business Insider did a study of Silicon Valley CEO’s, Presidents and top tech officials. Their study revealed that Sergey Brin donated 100% of his political contributions to Democrats.
Google’s Sergey Brin supports the DNC.
Sergey Brin has given $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee over the course of this cycle. He’s also given $5,000 to Obama‘s re-election campaign.
Daily Caller – In 2016, Google donated $285,000 to President Donald Trump’s inauguration, even though Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Google’s parent company Alphabet, was not shy about his support for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party in general.
The donations were made public through official Federal Election Commission filings (pages 43, 163 of 510).
Emails leaked from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta show Schmidt was working“directly” with the presidential campaign. Schmidt eventually wanted to become the official “head outside advisor” to her campaign, according to other pieces of electronic communication exposed by WikiLeaks.
Aside from Schmidt, Google as a company supported Clinton and Democratic ideals, whether overtly and deliberately or unintentionally.
“It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who was born in India, according to Bloomberg News. The co-founder of Google, Sergey Brin, a Russian-born American who immigrated from the Soviet Union, was reportedly seen at the San Francisco airport over the weekend in order to protest with others.
Schmidt also made some harsh claims about Trump to employees in late January.
“I can tell you that the tone of this government is very much economic growth,” Schmidt said, according to BuzzFeed News, in an apparent attempt to criticize Trump. “And so I think at the end of the day, they are going to do these evil things as they’ve done in the immigration area and perhaps some others.”
Aside from levying criticisms towards Trump, Schmidt, in general, has multiple connections to Clinton, whether it’s through her campaign for president or her and former President Bill Clinton’s foundation.
And it’s not just recent. Google and its affiliates convened at the White House 427 times for meetings during President Barack Obama’s tenure.
That’s why the filings showing Google donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Trump’s inauguration seems somewhat odd. Perhaps Google is trying to hedge their bets, or play both sides of the aisle, in order to reap the benefits of having the political leadership’s blessing at all times.
Brin’s Alphabet was the second largest contributor to Clinton’s campaign during the 2016 cycle, according to Open Secrets.
Google was also accused of burying negative search suggestions for Clinton.
Brin recently had a conversation with Der Spiegel about his upbringing in the Soviet Union.
SPIEGEL: As a six-year-old, you emigrated with your family from the Soviet Union. Did this have any influence on the decision?
Brin: It certainly framed my point of view. Having come from a totalitarian country, the Soviet Union, and having seen the hardships that my family endured — both while there and trying to leave — I certainly am particularly sensitive to the stifling of individual liberties.
SPIEGEL: What, exactly, happened back then?
Brin: As a child, I wasn’t so directly touched, but I do recall that after we had applied for exit visas, we had the police visit our house, my father lost his job. There was always a feeling of fear. I don’t think anybody should experience that.
In 2012, Brin wrote about his fear of the government filtering political dissent on the internet. His words are somewhat ironic, given the censorship that appears to be taking place every day on Google, the world’s largest search engine.
Here’s a portion what Brin wrote:
Today, the primary threat by far to internet freedom is government filtering of political dissent. This has been far more effective than I ever imagined possible across a number of nations. In addition, other countries such as the US have come close to adopting very similar techniques in order to combat piracy and other vices. I believe these efforts have been misguided and dangerous.
Lastly in the interview came the subject of digital ecosystems that are not as open as the web itself and I think this portion has led to some misunderstanding of my views. So to clarify, I certainly do not think this issue is on a par with government based censorship. Moreover, I have much admiration for two of the companies we discussed — Apple and Facebook. I have always admired Apple’s products. In fact, I am writing this post on an Imac and using an Apple keyboard I have cherished for the past seven years. Likewise, Facebook has helped to connect hundreds of millions of people, has been a key tool for political expression and has been instrumental to the Arab Spring. Both have made key contributions to the free flow of information around the world.
But regardless of how you feel about digital ecosystems or about Google, please do not take the free and open internet for granted from government intervention. To the extent that free flow of information threatens the powerful, those in power will seek to suppress it.
Perhaps if Brin is so worried about the filtering of political content, he should begin to address the serious issues of censorship in his own backyard.
The sad truth is, that while the left is obsessing about a Trump-Russian collusion plot to affect the outcome of our elections, Vladimir Putin’s couldn’t even dream about influencing the U.S. elections in the same way that one Russian immigrant named Sergey Brin can.