A leaked video showing Google executives trying to console employees after it was revealed that U.S President Donald Trump had won the election has surfaced, leading many to point fingers at the company's current political stance and to start investigations, The Washington Post reported. But the leaked video was quickly seized upon by associates of Trump, who have been leading a drumbeat of accusations about anti-conservative bias within the tech industry. Google says it doesn't rank search results to manipulate political sentiment. In it, Google co-founder Sergey Brin says the election was "deeply offensive" and that "most people" at Google are upset by it, while CEO Sundar Pichai says the election caused "a lot of fear" inside the company.
"That's something else I think we ought to really focus on", Brin says. On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation said it had invited representatives from Google, Apple and Amazon and other companies to testify about info privacy.
But Trump's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, isn't buying it. Parscale is calling on Congress to investigate Google, adding that the company needs to "explain why this isn't a threat to the Republic".
The video of the Google meeting was leaked to Breitbart as Republicans ramp up attacks on technology giants for supposedly incorporating a bias against conservatives in their products.
At a regularly scheduled all hands meeting, some Google employees and executives expressed their own personal views in the aftermath of a long and divisive election season.
In a series of recent tweets, Trump assailed Google for what he termed "rigged" results that hide news from conservative outlets and promote content from what he called "left-wing" media.
"For over 20 years, everyone at Google has been able to freely express their opinions at these meetings", the statement continued.
Breitbart characterized the video as evidence that Google was using its "unrivaled influence" and "vast resources to thwart the Trump agenda". To the different, our products are built for each person, and we fabricate them with extraordinary care to be a sterling source of info for each person, without regard to political standpoint."That can also not be ample to persuade Trump, who closing month accused Google of political bias". In doing so, Google's leaders encouraged their workers to be understanding of "all sides of the political spectrum", as Eileen Naughton, the company's vice president for people operations, put it.
Tech firms have begun to play a larger - and more active - role in politics, as Twitter and Facebook have each announced the suspensions of fake accounts aimed at influencing USA politics, as Google and Microsoft have worked to alert campaigns of attempted hacks. "We need to do better; we need to be tolerant, inclusive".