It’s no secret that employees of companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook don’t like conservatives. Leaked e-mails and memos confirm that bias time and time again. Today, a document was leaked that exposed employee e-mail conversations about The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro, PragerU and Jordan Peterson.
In those e-mail exchanges, Shapiro and others were called “nazi’s using the dog whistles.” The information was obtained and published by Project Veritas.
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) June 25, 2019
The e-mail also said that Shapiro, PragerU and Peterson should be removed from the suggestion feature on the search engine.
From Project Veritas:
The email apparently was sent as part of the Google “transparency-and-ethics” group internal communications and suggests that content from PragerU, Jordan Peterson, and Ben Shapiro should be disabled from the “suggestion feature.”
Google Senior Executive Jen Gennai pushes back on the Project Veritas claims, writing on Medium that the video is deceptively edited and that the undercover reporters from the site misled her into thinking they were a different group.
Project Veritas has edited the video to make it seem that I am a powerful executive who was confirming that Google is working to alter the 2020 election. On both counts, this is absolute, unadulterated nonsense, of course. In a casual restaurant setting, I was explaining how Google’s Trust and Safety team (a team I used to work on) is working to help prevent the types of online foreign interference that happened in 2016. Google has been very public about the work that our teams have done since 2016 on this, so it’s hardly a revelation.
The video then goes on to stitch together a series of debunked conspiracy theories about our search results, and our other products. Google has repeatedly been clear that it works to be a trustworthy source of information, without regard to political viewpoint. In fact, Google has no notion of political ideology in its rankings. And everything I have seen backs this up. Our CEO has said ”We do not bias our products to favor any political agenda.” He’s somewhat more powerful and authoritative than me.
But despite what the video may have you believe, I’m not involved in any of these products, just like I’m not involved in any of the other topics Project Veritas baited me into discussing (whether it’s antitrust, Congress, or the dozens of other topics that didn’t appear in the video, on which I presumably didn’t say anything that could be twisted to their advantage). I was having a casual chat with someone at a restaurant and used some imprecise language. Project Veritas got me. Well done.
The video she is referring to, was taken down by YouTube for “privacy violations.”
It’s still up on several other sites, including Vimeo.
Shapiro tweeted that he’d like to discuss the matter with YouTube and Google executives.
Hey, @SusanWojcicki, would love to discuss this with you. Do you think your employees should be cavalierly labeling those who militantly hate white supremacy "Nazis," and then shaping algorithms on the basis of such lies? https://t.co/8zy72ZdWXI
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 25, 2019