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Former Employee Says Google Is Trying to "Demote" Non-PC Search Results

August 10, 2017 invisiblehand

A lot has happened since our analysis of James Damore's controversial internal memo criticizing Google's diversity initiatives and the broader "ideological echo chamber" of the company's culture. For one thing, the Google software engineer has been fired for violating Google's code of conduct by advancing "harmful gender stereotypes." He was then quickly offered jobs by WikiLeaks and alt-tech social media company Gab. Damore also gave interviews with "controversial" YouTube personalities Stefan Molyneux and Jordan Peterson.

Now another controversial online presence, Breitbart.com, is releasing a serious of anonymous interviews with a number of Google employees - "Rebels of Google" - who side with Damore about the company's stifling PC culture. The most notable thus far is an interview with "Emmet," in which he claims there are efforts to build a leftist bias into Google's search algorithms:

"I know there are efforts to demote anything non-PC, anti-Communist and anti-Islamic terror from search results. To what extent that has been successful, I don’t know."

Emmett says he personally witnessed efforts from leftists within Google to bias YouTube’s algorithms to push anti-PC content off the platform’s “related videos” recommendations.

“I have read internal mailing list e-mail from SJWs absolutely incensed that there’d be, say, a Sargon of Akkad video appearing as a video related to one of their favorite SJW vloggers. This is what happens when you have unbiased algorithms, which at the time, was true. I don’t have to tell you that, in that e-mail, the SJW was quite literally asking that the ‘related videos’ function be perverted so that such a thing would stop happening.”

At this point, it sounds to me like a lot of hearsay and he-said-she-said, so I wouldn't put much weight on it. Still, it's a story worth following as it develops. At the very least, it will be entertaining to watch both sides of the politicized media have a meltdown over it.