During the 2016 election, Google considered changing their algorithms to bury various conservative news websites. They specifically wanted to suppress The Daily Caller and Breitbart, calling them opinion blogs.
The Daily Caller obtained documents about the discussion. The Google executives were distraught over Donald Trump winning the election and fully expected Hillary to be the next president.
They hold the dangerous notion that they know what’s right for all of us.
Google engineer Scott Byer, Nov. 9, 2016:
This was an election of false equivalencies, and Google, sadly, had a hand in it. How many times did you see the Election now card with items from opinion blogs (Breitbart, Daily Caller) elevated next to legitimate news organizations?
That’s something that can and should be fixed. I think we have a responsibility to expose the quality and truthfulness of sources – because not doing so hides real information under loud noises.
Beyond that, let’s concentrate on teaching critical thinking. A little bit of that would go a long way. Let’s make sure that we reverse things in four years – demographics will be on our side.
Engineer Uri Deke’s reply to Byerl:
Thinking that Breitbart, Drudge, etc. are not ‘legitimate news sources’ is contrary to the beliefs of a major portion of our user base is partially what got us to this mess. MSNBC is not more legit than Drudge just because Rachel Maddow may be more educated / less deplorable / closer to our views, than, say Sean Hannity[…]
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