Trump campaign manager calls for congressional hearings of Google

Google co-founder Sergey Brin remarked on the 2016 election in a leaked video.                  James Martin  CNET

Google co-founder Sergey Brin remarked on the 2016 election in a leaked video. James Martin CNET

The hourlong video of a companywide meeting in November 2016 shows a parade of senior executives from Google and its parent company, Alphabet, expressing dismay about the election. "Myself, as an immigrant and a refugee, I certainly find this election deeply offensive and I know many of you do too". "I think it's a very stressful time".

"So many people apparently don't share the values we have", he said. "It's a good time to reflect on that".

Riva Sciuto, a Google spokeswoman, said that some Google employees "expressed their own personal views in the aftermath of a long and divisive election season". A recently leaked video from 2016 shows Google executives lamenting the election of Donald Trump, who has accused the company of doctoring search results for his name.The video, which Breitbart posted to its website after receiving it from an anonymous source, shows Brin saying that the elevation of Trump was not consistent with what the company stands for. "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".

Google sent the following statement to Breitbart after the footage was published. A request to speak to any of the executives featured in the leaked video was also not returned.

"Google needs to explain why this isn't a threat to the republic", tweeted Brad Parscale, the manager of Trump's 2020 election campaign.

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.

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Trump's economic advisor Larry Kudlow said the administration was looking into the president's claims.

During the question and answer period, a man asks what Google is going to do about "low-information voters" sharing "misinformation" and "fake news", to which CEO Sundar Pichai says that "investments in machine learning and AI" are the way to fix the problem.

Seemingly foreshadowing the narrative crafted by the mainstream media later on, Brin mentions "a lot [of] cyber-trolling by nation states, basically Russian Federation", as part of the problem, adding that "it was never taken all that seriously".

And on Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated that he's open to exploring whether social media companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook are intentionally stifling conservative voices.

In July, the House Judiciary Committee held a second hearing on the matter.

According to the newspaper, given that the lawmaker had previously helped orchestrate an entire congressional hearing focused on allegations of conservative bias at Twitter, chances are that Google's executives could soon be forced to appear in front of their Republican critics.

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