An email chain recently obtained by “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and the Wall Street Journal revealed that Google had a desire to manipulate search results after President Trump’s controversial Travel ban in order to suppress conservative opinions and push liberal views on immigration.
“Overall idea: Leverage search to highlight important organizations to donate to, current news, etc. to keep people abreast of how they can help as well as the resources available for immigrations or people traveling,” said an email sent by a marketing employee.
“I know this would require a full on sprint to make happen, but I think this is the sort of super timely and imperative information that we need as we know that this country and Google, would not exist without immigration,” replied a product manager.
A Google spokesperson responded to the leaked emails, saying none of these search engine manipulations were ever implemented.
"These emails were just a brainstorm of ideas, none of which were ever implemented,” said the spokesperson. “Google has never manipulated its search results or modified any of its products to promote a particular political ideology – not in the current campaign season, not during the 2016 election, and not in the aftermath of President Trump’s executive order on immigration.”
“Our processes and policies would not have allowed for any manipulation of search results to promote political ideologies.”
This isn’t the first time Google has been found to be meddling in politics either.
A leaked email from a Google executive revealed the company’s efforts to increase Latino voter turnout for the 2016 election, with the underlying goal to get more votes for Hillary Clinton.
The email was first obtained by Fox New’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and written by Google’s former head of multicultural marketing.
The process itself was non-partisan, but those at Google anticipated that the Latino voters would heavily favor Clinton over Trump, which proved to be incorrect as a “surprising” amount of Latino voters voted for Donald Trump.
“We worked very hard. Many people did. We pushed to get out the Latino vote with our features, our partners, and our voices. We kept our Googley efforts non-partisan and followed our company’s protocols for the elections strategy,” wrote the Google executive in the email.
“We emphasized our mission to give Latinos access to information so they can make an informed decision at the polls, and we feel very grateful for all the support to do this important work.”
“Ultimately, after all was said and done, the Latino community did come out to vote, and completely surprised us. We never anticipated that 29% of Latinos would vote for Trump. No one did,” the executive continued.
At the end of the email, the author states that the election results were “tough to handle now that we know not all of us were against this.”
Google later responded to Fox News. “The views expressed in this email are the employee's personal political views and are not representative of any official stance from the company. Google's elections efforts—both in 2016 and leading up to this year's midterms—have been entirely nonpartisan.”
“We will continue to use our products in an informative, nonpartisan way to engage voters leading up to November’s election.”
Google also reportedly helped Voto Latino, a nonprofit organization focused on increasing the Latino voter turnout.
Google also denied this association with Voto Latino. "Our election and voting information is made available to all Americans who search for it – it is not targeted to any locations or demographic groups. And contrary to reports, we made no donation – monetary, in-kind, silent or otherwise -- to Voto Latino to drive people to the polls," said a Google spokesperson.
"As we approach the midterm election, we will continue to ensure that our products and election efforts remain strictly non-partisan in nature,” the spokesperson continued. “Our goal is to equip users with accurate, up-to-date information about their elections – not to support any particular candidate or ideology."