Forty state attorney generals have signed onto an antitrust investigation of Google. It is one of the biggest investigations into a corporation in modern times and it will be unveiled Monday on the steps of the Supreme Court and former Google employees, turned whistleblowers, say it is an imperative step in the right direction.
It also comes at a very important time as Republicans and Democrats ramp up their campaigns for the 2020 election. Recent news that Google allegedly tampered with search results during the 2016 election season in Hillary Clinton’s favor is also clamoring. According to researcher Dr. Robert Epstein who spoke with Mark Levin Sunday on “Life, Liberty & Levin” noted that between 2.6 and over 10.4 million votes may have gone “Hillary without anyone knowing that this had occurred.” Epstein said the study looked into “politically oriented searches” from a “diverse group of American voters.”
According to Politico Monday, Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with state counterparts, will announce they’re investigating Google’s power in the online advertising market. This is important because Google controls the advertising on individual sites and can withhold advertising if they deem content is not suitable, dangerous or does not follow what Google deems appropriate. This is very subjective and based on what Google executives deem appropriate, say former Google employees turned whistleblowers.
In many cases, it can be a story that just contains words such as ‘terrorism, terror, shooting, kill, bombing,’ are just some examples of what Google deems dangerous. It pretty much eliminates a good chunk of stories and makes it impossible to drive traffic and in some cases the stories are deemed dangerous.
In August 2019, Google former senior engineer turned whistleblower, Zachary Vorhies, came forward. He told SaraACarter.com and Project Veritas’s James O’Keefe that Google created algorithms to hide its political bias within artificial intelligence platforms. What he said was that the company targeted particular words, phrases and contexts in an effort to promote, alter, reference or manipulate perceptions of Internet content. SaraACarter.com was able to verify that Vorhies delivered roughly 950 pages of documents to the Department of Justice’s Antitrust division in August.
“It’s pretty big and they have all the data I have given them and I’m sure they have been going through it,” said Vorhies on Monday. “I feel first off a bit of relief because this is exactly what I exactly what would happen.”
Vorhies said the state attorney generals “need to look at Google bias in real time news feeds. It appears that Google gives certain media companies special access to actually bias the news results towards establishment players in the political field. This is dangerous because this effects not just the big political races but likely can effect smaller political state races.”
Vorhies said he “hope’s what comes of this is that the government is going to start digging using the information I provided as a starting point for electronic discovery. Just to show the impact I believe this is happening.”
Alleged Manipulation Of Elections
His concern was the manipulation or tampering of elections, adding that it “can change entire elections, just as Robert Epstein stated between 2.5 and 10 million votes were changed because of the control of information that google applied in the 2016 election.”
Vorhies added that “young people are especially vulnerable because they are trying to see if the information is true for the very first time – if they hear about something but don’t see it they will assume it’s a conspiracy theory without merit. Rather than something that a large section of the population knows to be true. Google keeps the information from the public, instead of letting the public make well informed decisions based on the information that is available.
The DOJ’s Antitrust Division investigation puts Google in a defensive position, where it will have to explain in detail how it conducts its business and operates the backend of its system, he said.
I met with Vorhies in Washington D.C. last month. He had told me his goal was to inform the Department of Justice’s Antitrust division on how Google has been able to control the content by hiding its algorithms though its artificial intelligence. Vorhies said Google had been altering search results by auto populating the search field. For example, the company had created a “blacklist” for YouTube and that blacklist contained thousands of search phrases that would conceal information from the public.
Secret Google Document
In one secret Google document, “the queries in this file will force the controversial twiddler to be triggered.” One of the examples used in the documents were keyword searches pertained to the Las Vegas shooting. Here Google had 8 full pages that contained words and keyword phrases that if searched would not pull up any of the information that already existed in YouTube. It was if those videos never existed.
“I honestly think that a free market can fix this issue,” said Vorhies to this news site while he was in Washington D.C. “The issue is that the free market has been distorted and what’s happened is that the distortion is so grotesque and the engineering is so repulsive, all we need to do is just expose what’s going on. People can hear that it is bad but that can be bias. But when they see what Google has actually written with the documents, this will actually be taught in universities of what totalitarian states can do with this type of capability.”
“It will be so revolting that it doesn’t matter what the solution is, a solution will just form as a reaction to this manipulation they have done,” he said.
Vorhies said in August that he contemplated his decision before coming forward. He said he asked himself many times if he’s overreacting “and every time I simply look back at the documents and realize that I am not.”
“It’s that bad,” he said. “Disclosing Google’s own words to the American public is something I am, must do, if I am to consider myself a good person. The world that google is building is not a place I, or you or our children want to live in.”
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