As Google’s Head of Responsible Innovation, Jen Gennai posed a question to her like-minded colleagues at a San Francisco restaurant: how did the 2016 election end the way it did, “and how do we prevent it from happening again?”
The footage, obtained and released by Project Veritas, paints a sinister picture regarding massive tech companies -such as Google- and their political biases.
“We all got screwed over in 2016, again it wasn’t just us, it was, the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over,” Gennai said. “So we’ve rapidly been like, what happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again.”
In addition to the video, a Google insider also leaked documents regarding algorithms and other methods used to suppress information that doesn’t align with their political beliefs- even if that information is factually correct.
“It may be desirable to consider how we might help society reach a more fair and equitable state, via either product intervention or broader corporate social responsibility efforts,” one document read.
Even Gennai alluded to such.
“We’re also training our algorithms,” she said in the video. “Like, if 2016 happened again, would we have, would the outcome be different?”
“People who voted for the current president do not agree with our definition of fairness,” she added.
Gennai appears to imply that the alleged actions were taken in response to the way information was being shared, which did not sit well with the tech giant.
“The reason we launched our A.I. principles is because people were not putting that line in the sand, that they were not saying what’s fair and what’s equitable so we’re like, well we are a big company, we’re going to say it,” she said.
However, the Google source said the intent was anything but noble or intended for the “greater good.”
“They’re [referring to Google] going to redefine a reality based on what they think is fair and based upon what they want, and what and is part of their agenda,” the source said.
Gennai also criticized Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has expressed desire in breaking up giant tech companies like Google.
“Elizabeth Warren is saying we should break up Google,” Gennai said in the video. “And like, I love her but she’s very misguided, like that will not make it better it will make it worse, because all these smaller companies who don’t have the same resources that we do will be charged with preventing the next Trump situation, it’s like a small company cannot do that.’
After being posted by Project Veritas to YouTube, the video was inexplicably removed. Google bought YouTube in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion, and the platform has become well-known for demonetizing more conservative channels.
According to the Daily Mail, other information provided by the Google insiders included
Gennai has since claimed the video was doctored, and that she was discussing foreign interference in the 2016 election.
“In a casual restaurant setting, I was explaining how Google’s Trust and Safety team (a team I used to work on) is working to help prevent the types of online foreign interference that happened in 2016,” she said. “Google has been very public about the work that our teams have done since 2016 on this, so it’s hardly a revelation.”
Gennai went on to downplay her position at Google, referring to CEO Sundar Pichai.
“We do not bias our products to favor any political agenda,” she wrote, quoting her CEO.
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