Google Exec: We Must Stop ‘Fake News’ Because ‘That’s How Trump Won’
Tech giant's software engineer posts email revealing anti-Trump bias
A Google manager reportedly cautioned a lower employee for daring to question the tech giant's position on “fake news,” insisting the search platform had to stop "hate speech" and fake news because “that’s how Trump won,” according to a post written by another Google employee on social media.
Google software engineer Mike Wacker, posted a redacted email he claims he received from a fellow employee in 2017.
The email seems to demonstrate political bias within the company.
Wacker’s colleague reportedly wrote:
Also, I posted a comment on a meme regarding fake news on Search and someone reported it to [Human Resources]. I didn’t say I was in favor or against, just cautioned that we need to be car[e]ful. My manager brought it up in our 1:1 last week.
Made me feel very uncomfortable for having an opposing view. He said we need to stop hate [speech] and fake news because that’s how Trump won the election. [emphasis ours]
I didn’t say anything and just wanted it to end.
I [redacted] would like to see all managers be required to take political bias training.
The employee claims that Google has special training courses dedicated to “bashing conservatives and Trump supporters.”
Also, have you taken the bias busting course lately?
The entire thing is bashing conservatives and Trump supporters. So many false accusations and sob stories.
My friend took the course and said he was told he didn’t know how it felt to be a minority because he was a male.
This came from the speaker themselves!
The software engineer then posted the email on Twitter highlighting “multiple incidents, multiple concerns, and many conversations have driven my decision to publish this email.”
On the topic of political bias at Google, I have decided to publish the following email I received from another Google employee in July of 2017. (For privacy reasons, parts have been redacted, including the employee's identity.) The contents of this email speak for itself. pic.twitter.com/X5nze8rsF4— Mike Wacker (@m_wacker) March 11, 2019
In these situations, one should first make a reasonable attempt to resolve such matters internally. In both this case and other cases, I have made a good faith attempt to do that. However, those attempts did not resolve my concerns, which led me to my current course of action.— Mike Wacker (@m_wacker) March 11, 2019
In particular, HR is not impartial, their actions provide clear and convincing evidence of favoritism, and they have abused their power and authority.— Mike Wacker (@m_wacker) March 11, 2019
For those whom HR favors, a log in their eye will be treated like a speck of sawdust. For those whom HR disfavors, a speck of sawdust in their eye will be treated like a log. Thus, HR often cannot be trusted even when there is a log in someone's eye.— Mike Wacker (@m_wacker) March 11, 2019
“This incident serves as a good representative example. It is certainly not an isolated incident, and others have had similar experiences.”
Wacker added said he believed all people should make a “reasonable attempt to resolve such matters internally,” and that he made a “good faith attempt to do that.”
But he said his attempts where in vain.
“Bluntly, I do not trust Google’s ability to properly prevent and handle these sorts of incidents,” said Wacker.
“The distrust extends to its leadership, its management, and especially to its HR department.”
“For those whom HR favors, a log in the eye will be treated like a speck of sawdust. For those whom HR disfavors, a speck of sawdust in their eye will be treated like a log. Thus, HR often cannot be trusted even when there is a log in someone’s eye.”
Last November, leaked emails between employees reveal plans to bury conservative media outlets where exposed.
The emails reveal Google employees were debating how to crush conservative voices in the company’s search engine as a response to P Trump’s 2016 election victory.
The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained the internal Google communications.
San Fransisco's liberal Silicon Valley was counting on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 election, leaving Google employees shocked by Trump's victory.