When these stories alleging bias at Google come out, the Big Tech company usually goes the “disgruntled former employee” route. Or the “so and so was taken out of context (but we won’t tell you how)” route. So their response to a CURRENT Senior Google Engineer spilling the goods have us popping all the popcorn.
It’s time to decide, do we run the technology, or does the technology run us?
I really don’t buy the idea that big tech is politically neutral.
Are we going to just let the biggest tech companies decide who wins every election from now on?
I look at search and I look at Google News and I see what it’s doing and I see Google executives go to Congress and say that it’s not manipulated. It’s not political. And I’m just so sure that’s not true.
I have a PhD, I have five years’ experience at Google and I just know how algorithms are. They don’t write themselves. We write them to do what we want them to do.
Call me crazy, but methinks there might be more hearings in Google’s future (see WATCH: Dan Crenshaw NAILS Google for Bias Against Conservatives and WATCH: Ted Cruz Questions YouTube Executive About Google’s Anti-Conservative Bias). Which would be just a terrible thing to watch with a group of friends and adult beverages. Awful.
If it were a corporation showing bias against anyone else, like say transgenders, this would be a nationwide story. If Vox released a video alleging pro-Trump bias, not a single news outlet would take Google’s word for it that there was nothing to see here, move along. Ok, maybe FoxNews. But you still get my point.
The power the big tech companies, especially Google, have over us is alarming. Hard stop. The way that control is used for political reasons is disturbing. I think it’s okay to get more information from Google about how it does what it does and why. Fair?