Q&A – Google's Political Scandal; Other Options For Search

Today’s entry -Google needs to be broken up! Thank you for bringing this to light! Do you think stopping Google will help? or are they already too big? Can we really trust other technology companies as alternatives?

Bottom Line: Earlier this week, the latest Project Veritas exposé demonstrated exactly how Google has gone about systematically programming biased search results through a program called “ML Fairness”. I took a little time to explain what had been uncovered. In short, the very engineering docs used to create the algorithms that produce search results were revealed. At several intervals in the algorithms, you’re shown where programmed bias is factored in. The bias is political and social. Not only was that revealed by the insider whistle-blower who produced these docs, but it was admitted on a video recording by Jen Genai, Google’s head of “Responsible Innovation”. She made it clear that they were doing everything they could to prevent another “Trump situation” in the future. In fact, she admitted Google’s been back testing their search changes to attempt to see if the results of the 2016 election would have been different with these changes in place.

What’s demonstrated in the expose is beyond dispute. That’s why Google’s doing what it can to bury it and likely the motivation for most news outlets to ignore an explosive story of corruption to attempt to influence political elections and social norms. Now, your question regarding Google. Is it too big to hurt those who stop using their services? Absolutely not.

I’ve heard from several who’ve deleted accounts, changed email address are looking at buying new mobiles devices, etc. Remember, the internet is rife with giants that are either no longer around or are shells of their former selves. This includes companies like American Online, Netscape, Yahoo, Research-In-Motion, etc. 

I’ve never been a person who gets behind boycott efforts, but I do believe in making personal decisions based on what’s in our best interests. As for trusting other technology companies. Yes, to an extent. Maybe I’m naïve but I’m not a buyer with conspiracy theories. I don’t think everyone in technology is out to get conservatives for example. I’m perfectly at peace with companies like Apple and Microsoft until proven otherwise. But that’s just me and again I’ve brought you the information. These decisions are about your personal choice. Firefox is the least data intrusive browser of the majors.

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