Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Leaked Video Shows Google Employees Lamenting Trump's 2016 Win

Leaked Video Shows Google Employees Lamenting Trump's 2016 Win

The video does not appear to back up Parscale's claims. "It is uncertain for many of us here".

The video of Google's all-hands staff meeting following the election, which was provided anonymously to right-wing news site Breitbart News, shows executives including co-founder Sergey Brin comparing Trump voters to "extremists" and authoritarian movements. At points, some executives were visibly emotional while reflecting on the election.

The video, which was released by Breitbart, comes amid a slew of allegations of political Left-wing bias in Silicon Valley, with the biggest names in technology charged with harbouring an agenda against conservative politicians and their views. "Investing more in machine learning and AI could be one way we actually make progress on some of this stuff, but I think we should do more". The company offered to send Kent Walker, its senior vice president of global policy, to last week's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

The leaked video saw Twitter exploding with a torrent of indignation from Trump associates and conservative pundits.

On Tuesday, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale published an op-ed in USA TODAY alleging Google and other major tech companies filter, suppress and directly attack conservatives.

Google spokespeople were not immediately available for comment.

Sundar Pichai
Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the 2018 Google I O developer

The email went on to reference a Google partnership with the group Voto Latino, to pay for rides to the polls, referring to Google's activity as a "silent donation", and expressing surprise that 28 percent of Latinos voted for President Trump.

Moreover, given that the old video resurfaced just a few weeks after Trump accused Google of having "rigged" search results to display negative stories about him - a charge that Google strongly denied - conservatives have reacted strongly against it. Google disputed the claim and said it did highlight a livestream of Trump's State of the Union address on January 30, 2018. Google refuted the claim and provided evidence that it promoted Trump's speeches before Congress in the same way as Obama's. Executives also appear to discuss ways to defend what they called good values.

It is not a surprise that Google employees and executives - many of whom are significant donors to the Democratic Party - were disappointed by the outcome of the presidential election.

"Most people here are pretty upset and pretty sad because of the election", Google co-founder Sergey Brin says as the all-hands meeting begins. Neither did Breitbart detail a moment when Pichai and Page highlighted that Trump could improve United States infrastructure or that it could be the end of congressional gridlock.

The fact that a video of the weekly TGIF meeting was leaked underscores the increasingly tumultuous and politicized nature of various factions within the company. He said it made his voice softer and made long monologues more hard. Eileen Naughton, Google's chief people officer, encouraged employees to respect conservative colleagues. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, a number of Google insiders have protested the company's involvement with the military.

Schweizer emphasized that Google is certainly entitled to its worldview and can run the company as it wishes, but it can't continue to insist that it's a neutral platform and therefore immune to the requirements that publishers face under the Communications Decency Act of 1996.

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