Google engineers discussed on email changing algorithms to disfavor conservative publications after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, it has been claimed.
The Daily Caller – a conservative website – claimed both their outlet and Breitbart were singled out as sites to potentially bury after some Google employees suggested may not have deserved a prime spot on the search engine’s result.
According to the publication, on November 9 after Hillary Clinton lost her bid for the White House, liberal employees shared emails that conspired to reduce the search result visibility even if articles contained useful information that would usually be featured prominently.
The publication claims to have viewed internal emails between Google employees that label the news outlet – founded by Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel in 2010 – an ‘opinion blog,’ which they say is a false statement.
The right-wing Breitbart News Network was also given the same treatment according to The DCNF.
‘This was an election of false equivalencies, and Google, sadly, had a hand in it,’ engineer Scott Byer wrote, according to DCNF.
‘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,’ Byer is said to have continued. ‘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.’
SOURCE: LEAH SIMPSON