Leaked video from a Google conference held in the wake of the 2016 Presidential Election shows the company’s co-founder comparing Trump voters to ‘fascists’.
The footage, obtained by Breitbart, also shows the company’s executives vowing to halt the rise of populism and urging employees to console one another after the election result.
The damaging video pours further doubt onto Google’s claims of political impartiality just a few days after it was accused of trying to boost Latino voter turnout to help Hillary Clinton.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin can be seen on stage in front of hundreds of employees saying he was ‘deeply offended’ by Trump’s election and that it ‘conflicts with many of Google’s values.’
Google co-founder Sergey Brin appears in the controversial video comparing Trump voters to ‘fascists’
At one point during the conference, Brin talks about the typical mentality of Trump voters.
He argues that those with ‘routine jobs’ were more likely to vote for Trump than those with ‘non-routine’ jobs – and said ‘boredom’ might explain the President’s popularity.
‘There’s actually a lot of historical precedent for boredom being a huge factor in vote choice,’ Brin told the crowd.
‘And actually in building extremism. We’ve done a lot of work on extremism that shows a high correlation with boredom.’
‘Data suggests that boredom led to the rise of fascism and communism. It sort of sneaks up sometimes, really bad things.’
‘History teaches us that there are periods of populism, of nationalism that rise up, and that’s all the reason we need to be in the arena,’ Walker says.
Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, also speaks on stage during the conference video saying there is a lot of ‘fear’ after the election result
President Trump accused Google of burying conservative media outlets in a Twitter rant last week
He also notes that the company is figuring out the ways how to respond to the populism tide ‘before the world comes into this environment of tribalism that’s self-destructive in the long-term.’
Earlier this week, Fox News obtained an internal email from a former head of multicultural marketing at Google detailing the company’s efforts to turn out Latino voters for the presidential election.
Google has also been accused of burying Conservative news outlets search results by the President himself.
‘Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media,’ Trump said.
‘In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent.’
Trump added that ‘they are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!’
Google’s leadership made the comments at their opening meeting of 2016 in front of hundreds of employees
In the wake of the video’s release, critics have called for a Congressional hearing and investigation into the search engine’s impartiality
The conference video led to immediate calls for Google to be held to account over its behaviour.
Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale called for ‘Congressional hearings’ and an ‘investigation’ into alleged political bias within the company.
In a statement, Google said employees and executives in the all-hands meeting were expressing their personal views after a ‘long and divisive election season.’
‘For over 20 years, everyone at Google has been able to freely express their opinions at these meetings,’ the statement read.
‘Nothing was said at that meeting, or any other meeting, to suggest that any political bias ever influences the way we build or operate our products.
‘To the contrary, our products are built for everyone, and we design them with extraordinary care to be a trustworthy source of information for everyone, without regard to political viewpoint.’
Donald Trump launched into an attack on Google on Tuesday morning, accusing the web giant of rigging its search results to make him look bad
Trump threatened to address what he called ‘a very serious situation’, though it is not clear how he intends to do this
Social media companies have come under increased scrutiny to explain their role in influencing votes during the 2016 election since Trump came to power.
Facebook chief Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter boss Jack Dorsey became the latest tech executives to get a grilling from Congress over foreign manipulation Tuesday.
The pair appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee as Russian election meddling continues to loom over Congress with the mid-terms just two months away – and the value of both company stocks took an immediate dive.
Early in the hearing, panel vice chair Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia said regulation is on the cards.
‘Congress is going to have to take action here,’ said Warner, who was a telecomm investor before he came to Congress. ‘The era of the Wild West in social media is coming to an end,’ he said.
President Trump warned last week the firms were ‘treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful.’
Testifying: Jack Dorsey and Sherly Sandberg are testifying on election interference and their preparations for the mid-terms with less than two months until voting
Senators left an empty chair for Google after the company declined to send an executive the lawmakers deemed senior enough to testify