Google’s firing of engineer James Damore over a memo he penned on the company’s blatant leftist bias has created a media firestorm and ignited debate over the tech giant. But the memo’s exposition of Google’s internal ‘Groupthink’ paints a far darker picture than the company’s inner workings. It exposes a company culture which permeates Google’s suite of products, and informs the company’s subjective use of censorship.
It has long been suspected that Google tampers with search results on their primary engine and other platforms like YouTube. eports of the company’s internal culture, like Damore’s, give us little reason to believe that they run their search engine any differently. Just last week Breitbart published an article revealing confirmation that Google employees routinely create blacklists to impact the careers of their coworkers who harbor different political beliefs than their own.
Google’s headline-grabbing week has been rife with confirmations of an internal dynamic that many of us were already well aware of, but it is what logically follows that is particularly unnerving. Those within Google who profile their employees and act on those beliefs are the same engineers who regularly fine-tune the algorithms which determine search results on the tech giants’ platforms. Putting two and two together, it is clear that the company has few reservations on quietly combing the internet in a way that the firm and its employees see fit.
Perhaps the worst part of this conundrum — yes, maybe worse even than the censorship itself — is the pure hypocrisy of Google. The company’s penchant for censoring conservative voices is matched by an itch to hound internet service providers (ISPs) over the hypothetically remote possibility that at some undetermined point in the future, these companies could throttle content.
The truth is, real evidence and examples of ISPs exhibiting this type of behavior are scant. Which stands in stark contrast to the rampant censorship displayed by Google and its contemporaries.
Net neutrality rules — levied against ISPs by the Obama administration with a healthy helping of Silicon Valley assistance — regulate these internet providers. Ironically, they exist, professedly, to counter nearly the exact same type of censorship and favoritism that Silicon Valley giants have imposed, without recourse, on the internet for years. Now, as the Federal Communications Commission is set to reach a decision on repealing these rules, Google and its band of leftist activists are once again prodding opponents of net neutrality. Just last week Fight for the Future, Google’s not-so-well-concealed mouthpiece, put up billboards attacking members of Congress who have been outspoken critics of net neutrality rules.
To be fair — Google’s veiled attempts at slander are to be expected. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-7-TN), a target of the , in 2015 legislation to block net neutrality rules calling them an attempt by the Obama administration to regulate ISPs like a “1930’s era public utility.” When Google can hardly tolerate conservative web pages in search results on their own engine, it is easy to see how a big bad member of Congress’ opposition can push them to low blows, like a child denied candy who throws a fit in the grocery store checkout line.
In reality, James Damore’s firing, although a sensational news story, is hardly news. Google’s corporate culture and the leftist bias it exudes are well known, and episodes like the Damore firing and leaks of executive blacklists are simply glimpses of a poorly veiled conspiracy to propagate one side of the political spectrum.
Christie-Lee McNally is the founder of Free Our Internet. She was the Maine Statewide Director for Donald J. Trump for President in 2016, is a concealed weapons permit holder, and a USAW Certified Olympic Lifting Coach. To read more of her reports — Click Here Now.
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