Leaked video of Google meeting gives conservatives more evidence of bias

A cursor moves over Google's search engine page on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Portland, Ore. Political leanings don’t factor into Google’s search algorithm. But the authoritativeness of page links the algorithm spits out and the perception of thousands of human raters do. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

A 2016 video leaked this week to the right wing website, Breitbart, is raising new questions about political bias at one of the world’s biggest companies, Google.

In the video, Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder and president of Alphabet, opens up a company meeting saying, "Most people here are pretty upset and sad because of the election."

Other heads of Alphabet, which owns Google, were also visibly upset just days after the election of President Donald Trump.

The video is adding new fuel to the fire of claims that Google and other tech companies are biased against conservatives.

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"This was an official Google event with the very top officials of Google there to show solidarity with the far-left," said Brent Bozell, Founder of the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog group.

In an interview Thursday, Bozell said the video provides more hard evidence for these allegations, often echoed by the President and Republicans on Capitol Hill.

“It’s deeply troubling that technology companies try to re-shape the marketplace of ideas,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz, R- Fla.

With Twitter giving President Trump one of his fastest and loudest means of communication, many Democrats disagree with charges of discrimination.

“My colleagues on the other side of the aisle to tend to try to push back against different industries to bully them when often there is no bias that exists," said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.

In a statement, Google said its products are built for everyone with extraordinary care to be a trustworthy source of information for everyone without regard to political viewpoint.

Today about 90 percent of web searches occur on Google. That has led many to question how big is too big when it comes to a single company controlling the way information is gathered and spread.

“When They have that kind of power to declare winners and losers, I think you have to look at a real threat, a real threat to democracy,” Bozell said.

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