It was at this point that I realized Eric Schmidt might not have been an emissary of Google alone. Whether officially or not, he had been keeping some company that placed him very close to Washington, DC, including a well-documented…
If Google is influencing elections, and hiding their efforts to do so solely because some of the people on a mailing list might be opposed to her actions, it speaks very clearly to their intent. The sharing of this e-mail throughout the company, in the e-mail chain which was leaked to Fox News and Breitbart, further confirms the company’s thoughts on intervening with elections.
Unchecked, companies like Google and Twitter are granted carte blanche to do for governments that which we’d never permit our governments to do: they gather and process data at scales an in manners unprecedented in history, and they execute censorship and narrative control through these mechanisms without a second thought to the ramifications of their decisions.
Social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Google hide their biases behind claims of “impartial” algorithms — but are the algorithms really impartial? Many within these companies would tell you no. But after doing so, they often find themselves having to delete their posts explaining how their company’s bias affects their systems and decisions.