Google’s claims of impartiality are looking less like the truth thanks to some leaked emails.
A Fox News op-ed by Tennessee Senate candidate Rep. Marsha Blackburn sparked the internal email chain on June 19 of this year. The Fox piece was mild, calling on big tech companies to address the political imbalance that exists on their platforms. The email chain was first reported on by Breitbart tech reporter, Allum Bokhari.
In the article, Rep. Blackburn calls for reflection instead of regulation to fix Silicon Valley. “We must ensure a fair and competitive environment that will allow the free market to determine winners and losers,” she wrote.
Despite the respectful tone of the article, some were not happy with its message.
Blake Lemoine, a key Google employee, was especially hostile towards Rep. Blackburn’s “theatrical demands.”
“I’m not big on negotiation with terrorists,” Lemoine said in an email.
Another employee on the email chain took offense at the word “terrorists,” sparking a response from Lemoine of “would you be more okay with characterizing it as not being big on acceding to the demands of violent thugs?”
Lemoine’s hostility toward conservatives is arguably made worse by his job within Google.
As a technical lead on Google Search Feed, a large part of how the software is shaped and operates stems from his work.
With such a strong bias against the political right, there’s a case that Lemoine’s finger on Google’s search scales could skew what should be a fair competition of information.
Twitter also got a nod from Lemoine, who supports the platform’s censorship of Rep. Blackburn’s pro-life ads.
Lemoine claimed the ads were “libel,” and their removal could not be censorship. “She’s a lying liar who lies and Twitter treats her like one,” he said of Rep. Blackburn.
The sick language found in the leaked Google emails is only the latest in the bias scandal consuming big tech companies.
Twitter, Facebook, and Google have all faced scrutiny over their handling of the 2016 election. Since then, they have also been subject to hearings in Washington, D.C. and increased pressure from the media.
All major companies have denied their platforms contain any sort of bias against conservatives.
Despite the claims, many do have stories of censorship. Big icons such as politicians and public figures can’t seem to escape from social media companies’ policies either.
Whether more emails come to light or not, Silicon Valley may be in for some tough years if the censorship and bias continues.
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