Earlier this week, we reported on accusations that Google is in cahoots with the Clinton campaign. Now, an explosive video from SourceFed claims that the company – which holds a virtual monopoly on search – is actively altering search recommendations in favour of the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Did Google manipulate search for Hillary? This is perhaps the biggest story we've ever reported.
Posted by SourceFed on Thursday, June 9, 2016
In the video, SourceFed shows that searches for “Hillary Clinton cri” autocomplete to “Hillary Clinton crime bill,” “Hillary Clinton crisis,” and “Hillary Clinton crime bill 1994.”
Why does this matter? Well, if you compare it to the autocomplete results in competing search engines Bing and Yahoo, the first results are “Hillary Clinton criminal prosecution,” “Hillary Clinton crime,” and “Hillary Clinton criminal investigation.”
This is unlikely to be a coincidence. Search recommendations on Google are supposed to reflect what most people in the world are searching for. And, as the video shows, virtually no-one is searching for “Hillary Clinton crime bill.” In contrast, millions are searching for “Hillary Clinton criminal investigation” — that’s according to Google’s own search trends feature.
The video shows the same pattern occurring when “Hillary Clinton ind” is typed into Google. The first recommendations are “Hillary Clinton indiana” and “Hillary Clinton india.”
On Bing and Yahoo? “Hillary Clinton indictment.”
“The intention is clear” says SourceFed’s Matt Lieberman. “Google is burying potential searches for terms that could have hurt Hillary Clinton in the primary elections over the past several months by manipulating recommendations on their site.”
SourceFed also searched for negative terms associated with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, including “Donald Trump rac” and “Bernie Sanders soc.” In these cases, Google recommended “Donald Trump racist” and “Bernie Sanders socialist” — just like Bing and Yahoo.
“Google’s bias here is undeniable” says Lieberman.
The video goes on to draw attention to Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s ties to the Clinton campaign, as well as the current Democratic administration — something Breitbart Tech also highlighted in our article earlier this week.
Like Breitbart, SourceFed notes that Schmidt is the founder of campaigning organization “The Groundwork,” the sole purpose of which is to put Hillary Clinton in the White House, by putting Silicon Valley’s technological prowess at the campaign’s disposal.
Schmidt is also an active adviser to the current administration, serving as the head of the Defence Innovation Advisory Board, which provides tech advice to the Pentagon.
Stephanie Hannon, the Chief Technology Officer of the Clinton campaign, is also a former Google employee.
The remarkable extent of Google’s links to Obama administration are well-documented. Close to 250 people have moved from employment in the White House to employment at Google, or vice-versa. Google’s head of public policy, Johanna Shelton, has made more than 125 visits to the White House.
Obama, incidentally, has just backed Clinton for President. She is widely perceived as the “continuity candidate” who will build on the sitting President’s legacy, in contrast to her more radical opponent, Bernie Sanders. Anyone heavily invested in the political status quo is likely to be heavily invested in the Clinton campaign.
Anyone — or any company.
UPDATE — A Google spokesperson provided Breitbart with the following quote, denying that it manipulated search results to favor Clinton.
Google Autocomplete does not favour any candidate or cause. Claims to the contrary simply misunderstand how Autocomplete works. Our Autocomplete algorithm will not show a predicted query that is offensive or disparaging when displayed in conjunction with a person’s name. More generally, our autocomplete predictions are produced based on a number of factors including the popularity of search terms.