Top Google Engineer Blows Whistle, Claims Major Political Bias at Big Tech Firm
Says claims from executives that company is neutral are 'not true'
A current senior engineer at Google has spoken out to blow the whistle on his firm's practices, confirming allegations from President Donald Trump that the big tech firm operates with a political bias.
Coppola, however, has a point of view that President Trump and his supporters simply don't have.
Mr. Coppola is a software engineer for search engine giant Google, and he doesn’t have any doubt about the company’s - or it's executives' - practices.
“I see Google executives go to Congress and say, ‘It’s not manipulated, it’s not political,’” Coppola told Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe in a bombshell interview released Wednesday.
“And I’m just so sure that’s not true.”
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Coppola told Project Veritas that while he "respects" his boss, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, his comments regarding the company's bias are inaccurate.
"I think it’s, you know, ridiculous to say that there’s no bias," Coppola reveals.
"I'm very concerned to see big tech and big media merge basically with a political party, with the Democrat party.
"I know how algorithms are. They don't write themselves. We write them to do what we want them to do," he explains.
"Now, we have a tech that really, first of all, is taking sides in a political contest.
"We are seeing tech use its power to manipulate people.... it's time to decide - do we run the tech or does the tech run us?"
Though he works on Google Assistant - which he insists truly does not have a bias - he said he "just knows" how the algorithms work, according to the Daily Mail.
For the last 10 years, he said, the company operated on a fairly unbiased basis however that has changed recently.
"I think we had a long period, of ten years, let’s say, where we had search and social media that didn’t have a political bias and we kind of got used to the idea that the top search results at Google is probably the answer.
"And Robert Epstein who testified before Congress last week, um, looked into it and showed that, you know, the vast majority of people think that if something is higher rated on Google Search than another story, that it would be more important and more correct.
"And, you know, we haven’t had time to absorb the fact that tech might have an agenda.
"I mean, it’s something that we’re only starting to talk about now," he said.
Coppola's credentials could not be immediately verified by Neon Nettle.
He claims to have started working for Google as an engineer in 2014.
His LinkedIn page says he worked before that for Business Objects, in Vancouver.
He studied in the UK in London and Edinburgh, it says.
Google has come under intense scrutiny in recent months over its algorithms and how they select what people see.
CEO Sundar Pichai has been questioned by members of Congress over the company's systems and insisted that despite what critics say, it does not promote left-leaning, Democratic news over that of more Conservative outlets or merely outlets it does not rate.
The company is under a magnifying glass, along with other tech giants, and is facing an antitrust investigation which will examine whether they have too much power.