WATCH: Senior Google Engineer Says Big Tech Is ‘Dangerous’ And ‘Taking Sides’

Published on July 25, 2019

“Are we going to just let the biggest tech companies decide who wins every election from now on?”

It’s a question that has been posed by Greg Coppola, a Senior Google software engineer who works on artificial intelligence and the Google Assistant. Coppola is a current Google employee in the New York office. He has a Ph.D. and 5 years of experience at Google.

Coppola says that he doesn’t believe the testimony of Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai’s claim that Big Tech has no political bias.

Although Coppola works on the Google Assistant which does not have a political bias, he says that he understands how algorithms work.

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He said:

I’ve been coding since I was ten [years old.] I have a PhD, I have five years’ experience at Google and I just know how algorithms are. They don’t write themselves. We write them to do what want them to do.

Coppola said in the video:

I report to Sundar, of course, and I have a great deal of respect for him as a manager. I work on the Google Assistant, which really doesn’t have a political bias. I think it’s ridiculous to say that there’s no bias. I think everyone who supports anything other than the Democrats — anyone who is Pro-Trump, or in any way deviates from what CNN and the New York TImes are pushing — notices how bad it is. I think maybe in his mind he can justify it through some redefinition of what the word “political” is. but, I think if you look, every day and with every query for say, for example, Donald Trump, The google news is really an aggregator of just a handful of sites, and all of those sites really are vitriolically against President Trump — which I would really consider to be interference in the American election.

Coppola says that Google somehow puts an “extreme bias” on certain sites. For example, CNN is the most commonly used source in Google News, and that 20 percent of all search results for “Donald Trump” are from CNN out of the millions of sites available.

Coppola says that when he started at Google in 2014 nobody spoke about politics, but all of that changed when Donald Trump became the Republican Nominee. He said that as the election began to ramp up, the line that the Democrats and the Media(D) pushed that anyone who supported Trump was a racist, was picked up by the entire tech industry as fact and spread quickly.

He also says that it just takes a handful of people that ensure that the “product” is a certain way by ensuring that certain news sites are promoted.

O’Keefe asked Coppola about the recent Senate testimony of Dr. Robert Epstein, a Democrat, who said that search engine algorithms could swing millions of votes in Presidential elections.

He responded:

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.

Coppola said that he went to Project Veritas to express his concerns about Big Tech manipulation and the bias that is currently occurring. He said that he is a programmer and he wants to explain what is happening using his knowledge to non-programmers.

Well, I think we’re just at a really important point in human history. I think for a while we had tech that was politically neutral. Now we have tech that really, first of all is taking sides in a political contest, which I think, you know, anytime you have big corporate power merging with political parties can be dangerous. And I think more generally we have to just decide now that we kind of are seeing tech use its power to manipulate peopleIt’s a time to decide, you know, do we run the technology, does the technology run us?

Watch the full interview with James O’Keefe of Project Veritas:

One thing that Coppola also wanted to express that user privacy is indeed a big concern for Google.

Most people’s job [at Google] is not political and doesn’t involve politics. I mean there’s a vast number of systems and a lot of them have nothing to do with politics like processing natural language… In fact, I would say that Google actually concerns of the assistant is taking much longer to build the assistant than it would otherwise need to because there is such a respect at Google for privacy and for user data. And I hope you leave this in and I hope people realize that there is really, I would say as an insider at Google there is a lot of interest put in taking care of people’s data and conversely it means that, you know the list of reputations of mappings from new site to some number representing their credibility is probably something I can access.

It’s an interesting interview with an expert in the field who believes that Big Tech is indeed taking sides.

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