Google’s iron curtain shielding its biases is beginning to crumble.
In an interview with Project Veritas’ founder James O’Keefe, current Google engineer Greg Coppola cast doubt on the multiple testimonies given by Google executives to Congress, especially CEO Sundar Pichai’s December statements. O’Keefe asked Coppola: “The Google CEO did testify under oath that Google’s algorithms are politically unbiased. Was he lying?” Coppola answered, “I definitely don’t think it’s true.”
He also said questioned whether statements from other Google executives in hearings have been truthful. Coppola said, “I see Google executives go to Congress and say that [algorithms] are not manipulated. It’s not political. And I’m just so sure that’s not true.”
Coppola explained that he knew about algorithms after years of scientific experience and experience with Google’s algorithms. He told O’Keefe, “I have a Ph.d, I have five years of experience at Google and I just know how algorithms are. They don’t write themselves. We write them to do what we want them to do. You can use machine learning, but even then you can get the results from machine learning that you want.”
This is troubling, especially considering the views that most people at Google hold. Coppola expressed his concern at seeing “big tech and the big media merge basically with the Democrat party.”
Coppola said that “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. Even a Nazi.” These beliefs infiltrated the minds of those making search engine algorithms. Coppola said that he “looks at search and Google news” and he “sees what it’s doing.”
When it came to Google News, Coppola was convinced that it was manipulated in favor of the Trump opposition. He said, “Google News is just an aggregator of just a handful of sites. Those sites really are vitriolically against President Trump, which I would consider to be interference in the American election.”
He then referenced Google’s heavy reliance on CNN: “CNN is the most commonly used source. 20 percent of all results for Donald Trump are from CNN.”