It wasn't implemented? Really? On July 26, 2017, I posted this at Jihad Watch: "Google bows to Muslim pressure, changes search results to conceal criticism of Islam and jihad." In it, I recounted Texas imam Omar Suleiman's successful effort to compel Google to drop search results about Islam-related terms and topics that reflected negatively upon Islam. Turkey's Anadolu Agency reported happily:
"Google's first page results for searches of terms such as 'jihad', 'shariah' and 'taqiyya' now return mostly reputable explanations of the Islamic concepts. Taqiyya, which describes the circumstances under which a Muslim can conceal their belief in the face of persecution, is the sole term to feature a questionable website on the first page of results."
"Reputable": i.e., acceptable under the Sharia prohibition on criticism of Islam. "Questionable website": i.e., one that tells hard truths about Islam and jihad.
So this has been going on for quite some time, as it is virtually certain that Google wasn't skewering the results only about Islam and jihad in July 2017. Only now is it being discovered by the general public. President Trump is right to call the social media giants out. Let's hope he can stop them before the make the First Amendment an entirely dead letter.
"Google staffers wanted to manipulate search results to combat Trump's travel ban, emails show," by Brian Flood, Fox News, September 21, 2018:
Google is in the spotlight after internal emails show conversations between employees highlighting a desire to manipulate search results on the heels of President Trump's controversial travel ban in order to mute conservative viewpoints and push ways to combat the ban.
Like many Silicon Valley titans, Google has drawn the ire of conservatives who feel right-leaning views are condemned from within. But internal company emails made public by Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on Thursday appear to show employees wanted to curate Google's algorithm to boost left-leaning political views on immigration.
The emails were written on Jan. 29, 2017 — two days after Trump signed the initial travel order that resulted in protests across the country. The emails indicate that Google employees suggested ways to "leverage" the search engine to combat what the tech giant staffers considered anti-immigration rhetoric and news. The email chain, which was first obtained by "Tucker Carlson Tonight" and quickly matched by the Wall Street Journal, shows Google staffers admitting to colleagues that action must be taken immediately to rally against the travel ban.
"Overall idea: Leverage search to highlight important organizations to donate to, current news, etc. to keep people abreast of how they can help as well as the resources available for immigrations [sic] or people traveling," an email sent by a marketing employee said.
"I know this would require a full on sprint to make happen, but I think this is the sort of super timely and imperative information that we need as we know that this country and Google, would not exist without immigration," a product manager responded.
According to "Tucker Carlson Tonight," responses from other Google employees included comments such as, "we're absolutely in," and "excellent initiative." Other emails reveal an employee called the situation a "highly political issue," while a separate email detailed a "large brainstorm" that was apparently taking place throughout the company.
The emails show Google staffers chatting about methods to alter the company's algorithm to point users to pro-immigration organizations, lawmakers and agencies that fit the staffers' political beliefs. Google didn't deny the validity of the emails and provided the same response to both "Tucker Carlson Tonight" and the Wall Street Journal.
"These emails were just a brainstorm of ideas, none of which were ever implemented. Google has never manipulated its search results or modified any of its products to promote a particular political ideology — not in the current campaign season, not during the 2016 election, and not in the aftermath of President Trump's executive order on immigration. Our processes and policies would not have allowed for any manipulation of search results to promote political ideologies," a Google spokesperson said.
A Google insider echoed the company spokesperson and said the ideas mentioned in the emails weren't even close to being put into action.
Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor told Fox News that the scandal would be more significant if there was evidence that the Google staffers had "actually taken action on this left-wing insanity," but "it is scary that manipulating the search to push a liberal agenda was even discussed."...
Trump's initial travel ban temporarily stopped immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries. According to the email chain, Google staffers suggested actively countering "islamophobic, algorithmically biased results from search terms 'Islam,' 'Muslim,' 'Iran,' etc." and countering 'prejudiced, algorithmically biased search results" regarding the words "Mexico," "Hispanic" and "Latino."...
This article has been reprinted from Jihad Watch, with the permission of the author.