By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) A noted researcher and expert on social media influence says that search behemoth Google is poised to interfere in the 2020 election in an effort to defeat POTUS Donald Trump and Republicans.
Dr. Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, said in an interview with The Epoch Times that Google will employ a number of techniques, mostly through “ephemeral experiences,” that are designed to shift votes.
Leaked internal emails from Google last year, for example, showed that employees specifically discussed launching “ephemeral experiences” to counter Trump’s then-travel ban, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Ephemeral experiences are defined as brief online moments were information is instantaneously generated, as in search suggestions. But they aren’t stored anywhere in databases and thus cannot be tracked, giving the company plausible deniability.
In July during congressional testimony, Epstein testified that should all tech giants including Google, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube come together to support one candidate next year, which seems likely and which isn’t going to be Trump, then they could shift 15 million votes.
“Google will actively interfere in the 2020 elections,” Epstein said. “
They’ll actively interfere in their lobbying efforts, they’ll actively interfere with their political donations, and they’ll actively interfere using the online methods of manipulation that I’ve studied and probably other methods that I haven’t yet discovered,” he told the news agency.
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, donated $4.7 million to Democratic congressional candidates in 2018, according to FEC records. By comparison, it donated $754,911 to Republicans.
Epstein has previously noted that Google and the tech giants have worked to interfere in elections.
In March, he released data analyzed from Google searches he said were linked to a trio of highly competitive congressional races in Southern California that were won by Democrats. In doing so, Epstein’s research team discovered that Google’s “clear Democrat bias” likely flipped those seats away from GOP candidates.
The study noted that at least 35,455 undecided voters within those three California districts were probably persuaded to vote for the Democratic candidate because of Google’s biased search results.
Breitbart noted further:
Epstein says that in the days leading up to the 2018 midterms, he was able to preserve “more than 47,000 election-related searches on Google, Bing, and Yahoo, along with the nearly 400,000 web pages to which the search results linked.”
Analysis of this data showed a clear pro-Democrat bias in election-related Google search results as compared to competing search engines. Users performing Google searches related to the three congressional races the study focused on were significantly more likely to see pro-Democrat stories and links at the top of their results.
Epstein told The Epoch Times he’s mostly concerned about “Google’s power to not only suppress content but also determine the order it appears in—also known as filtering and ordering,” the news outlet reported.
“These two processes put in the hands of a very small number of business executives are extremely dangerous to humanity,” he said. “They are a danger to democracy, they undermine a fair and free election.”
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