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Google Busted! Search Engine Accused of Election Meddling



Biased Google search results may have influenced the 2018 midterm elections, according to the latest research from a team at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (AIBRT).

Their new study shows signs of bias in Google search results in support of Democrat candidates leading into last November's midterm elections. According to psychologists and search engine expert Dr. Robert Epstein, Google search results related to three highly competitive races in Southern California showed more pro-Democrat content.

In his latest study, which he and a co-author plan to present in April at the 99th annual meeting of the Western Psychological Assn. in Pasadena, Epstein tracked 47,300 searches by dozens of undecided voters in the districts of newly-elected Democratic Reps. Katie Porter, Harley Rouda and Mike Levin.

Mainstream outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, dominated the Google search results. By contrast, searches conducted on Yahoo and Bing more often showcased links from conservative outfits.

Epstein says the large readership that sites such as Breitbart receive should earn them more prominent Google exposure. “It is astonishing that Breitbart and some similar websites are not more present, given the enormous traffic some of these websites get, Breitbart especially,” he said. “What you are seeing here might be indicative of a kind of blacklisting.”

Using a model he has developed to gauge the subliminal effect of what he sees as tilted search results, Epstein's research suggests the search bias may have persuaded more than 35,000 undecided voters in Southern California to vote Democrat over Republican in each of those three races where the Democrat candidate won. Considering that each vote gained by a Democrat is potentially a vote lost by a Republican, this means more than 70,910 votes may have been lost by Republicans in the three districts due to Google bias. In one of these districts, CA 45, the Democrat margin of victory was just over 12,000 votes. When those statistics are applied to the rest of the country, Epstein predicts Google could have influenced 4.6 million people to vote Democrat with their left-leaning search results.

Google, he says, is trying to make judgments “based on some measures of what they consider to be quality. They have said this publicly. They are trying to judge what is good and bad.”

“If you're using Google to do any kind of political research online first of all you shouldn't be using Google,” Dr Epstein said in his recent interview with OANN. “In search results that shifts the opinions and the voting preferences of undecided voters very dramatically. So the effects on users are subliminal. People can't see the bias and that makes this kind of influence extremely dangerous.”

Epstein calls the phenomenon he has explored the Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME).

“These are new forms of manipulation people can’t see,” he said. The technologies “can have an enormous impact on voters who are undecided. … People have no awareness the influence is being exerted.”

This research follows a previous study conducted in 2016 which showed that biased Google results pushed votes for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.

Since his election, President Trump has been publicly outspoken about his concerns over political bias and online media.

"I think that Google and Twitter and Facebook they're really treading on very very troubled territory. And they have to be careful. It's not fair to large portions of the population," Trump said.

Google dismisses his research as the work of a misguided amateur. Company Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing in December that Google had investigated Epstein’s findings and found his methodology flawed asserting that their algorithms are politically blind and respond to searches with news content based on its timeliness, relevance and authoritativeness.

Amazingly, Epstein says he is not politically conservative. In fact, he is a long-time supporter of Hillary Clinton’.

“I have become a darling of conservatives, which is driving me crazy,” Epstein said. “But they love me because I am saying things they want to hear. People I am closer to politically don’t want to hear what I have to say.”

Epstein concluded his report saying his biggest concern is one company having too much power to influence public opinion.

Nevertheless, Democrats and liberals continue to ignore or doubt his findings. They continue to blame “Russian hackers,” “Russian Trolls,” and produce countless phony “investigation reports” and blame each other for being “Russian agents.”

USAReally continues to expose massive smear and bias campaigns not only at Google, but at Microsoft/Facebook/NSA/FBI/Atlantic Council-backed organizations like New Knowledge, American Engagement Technologies, OpenAI, MotiveAI, News for Democracy, Investing in Us, DFR Labs, Red to Blue California, Campaign for Accountability, fake “Russian Trolls” websites like USAIRA, and hundreds of other U.S. troll farms as well.

Author: USA Really