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Google staffers wanted to manipulate search results to combat Trump’s travel ban, emails show

New evidence of political bias at Google? Internal Google emails reveal employees discussing manipulating search results after Trump’s travel ban; insight from Peter Schweizer, producer of ‘The Creepy Line.’ 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-le...

Dozens of Facebook employees challenge ‘intolerant’ liberal culture

Facebook agrees to bias review Social network will look into claims it has discriminated against minorities and censors conservative opinions; Fox Business Network’s Deirdre Bolton reports. A senior Facebook engineer called out what he termed the company’s “political monoculture” in an internal message board post, prompting over 100 fellow employees to join a group advocating for political diversity. The group represents less than half a percent of the social media giant’s workforce, and members aren’t necessarily even conservative. But they say they are fed up with the way co-workers who don’t toe the liberal line are treated. “We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views,” Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, wrote in the Aug. 20 post ...

Google CEO slammed by lawmakers for declining to testify at Senate hearing

Google CEO Sundar Pichai will not testify on Sept. 5 before the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to reports.  (REUTERS, File) On the same day that President Trump slammed social media companies for what he claimed was a bias against conservative media, a bipartisan group of lawmakers went after Google’s CEO for refusing to testify next week on Capitol Hill. Google CEO Sundar Pichai drew widespread criticism from senators of both parties after it was announced that he would not testify on Sept. 5 before the Senate Intelligence Committee, but instead would send Kent Walker,  the company’s senior vice president for global affairs, to the hearing. “This is the United States Senate, this is an important issue, and we deserve to hear from the decision-makers, not the people who car...

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, others to address social-media bias against conservatives at Capitol Hill hearing

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is seen at the New York Stock Exchange, Nov. 19, 2015.  (Associated Press) Amid concerns that conservative voices are being silenced on social media, a U.S. House committee announced Friday that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and other tech executives will appear before the panel on Capitol Hill Sept. 5. Dorsey will discuss his company’s “algorithms and content judgment calls” before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the committee announced via Twitter.  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who has frequently complained about “one-sided” content on social media, said Dorsey’s scheduled appearance was arranged through talks among Dorsey, himself and U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the committee. “One-sided conversations a...

House Leader McCarthy slams Google over ‘Nazism’ error, claims bias against conservatives

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has spoken out about what he views as political bias in the tech industry. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was quick to slam Google on Thursday after reports surfaced that an error in the Internet search giant’s Knowledge Panel listed “Nazism” as a tenet of the California Republican Party. “Sadly, this is just the latest incident in a disturbing trend to slander conservatives,” McCarthy wrote. “These damaging actions must be held to account. #StopTheBias” Earlier in the week, McCarthy tweeted out a video of his speech to the Council for National Policy, in which he also criticized what he described as efforts to thwart conservative ideas. “Social media is being rigged to censor c...

Google under fire for listing ‘Nazism’ as the ideology of the California Republican Party

Google came under fire on Thursday after an error in its Knowledge Panel listed “Nazism” as the ideology of the California Republican Party. The error, which was first spotted by political strategist Eric Wilson, showed  “Nazism” alongside other ideologies such as “Conservatism,” “Market liberalism,” “Fiscal conservatism,” and “Green conservatism.” The error showed up in Google’s Knowledge Panel, which pulls information from various sources from across the web, including Wikipedia. FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE SLAMMED, ACCUSED OF BREAKING NEW GDPR PRIVACY LAW “Google should apologize for labeling Republicans nazis,” Wilson tweeted. Wilson is the founder of LearnTestOptimize, which describes itself as “a community platform for professionals worki...

Facebook stops fighting California Privacy Act

When your CEO just faced a grilling by the Senate over a lack of privacy and data protection, it looks pretty bad if a company continues to fight against new privacy laws. So it will come as little surprise that Facebook has decided to no longer fight to block the proposed California Consumer Privacy Act. The Privacy Act being proposed would empower anyone in the state to tell businesses not to share or sell their personal data, give them the right to know what personal information is collected about them, and offers protections for consumers “who are victims of negligent business practices resulting in security breaches of data.” All of which don’t help a company like Facebook, which profits from having a lot of freedom to collect and use your data. As Engadget reports, ...

Zuckerberg says he’s unaware of Facebook pushback for liberal groups after conservative targeting

Sen. Cruz challenges Zuckerberg over Facebook’s neutrality Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg responds to questions from Texas Senator Ted Cruz about whether Facebook is a neutral public forum or a biased tool for political advocacy and whether or not the CEO requires new employees to share political views. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers Tuesday that he was “not specifically aware” of any instance where the social network had removed content posted by liberal groups amid concerns that the platform is biased against conservatives. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told Zuckerberg that “a great many Americans” are “deeply concerned that Facebook and other tech companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship.”...

Facebook reconsiders ‘unsafe for community’ tag on pro-Trump Diamond and Silk videos after Fox & Friends appearance

Facebook is reconsidering classifying videos produced by Diamond and Silk, two of President Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters, as “unsafe to the community” after the dynamic duo went on Fox News’ morning show asking why the embattled social media giant had labeled them as such. In a statement to Fox News, a Facebook spokesperson said: “We are aware of this issue. We are reaching out to the creators of Diamond & Silk to try and resolve this matter.” After being deemed “unsafe to the community” by Facebook’s public policy team, Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson went on Fox & Friends and said they were provided with no reason why their videos were labeled as unsafe. HOW MUCH DOES FACEB...

Facebook thinks it knows whether you’re liberal or conservative: Here’s how to find out

Facebook is facing a backlash on two continents from users, advertisers and lawmakers for having allowed Cambridge Analytica to allegedly amass information on 50 million of its users. The company’s core business that powers around $4 billion in monthly revenue is monetizing everything you do on Facebook to serve its advertisers. However, users may not know that the powerful social network already has an opinion about your political leanings — and it’s fairly easy to find out what Mark Zuckerberg’s company thinks of your political preferences. Hidden in plain sight under Ad Preferences is a section called Your Information. If you click on that tab, you’ll see an option for Your Categories, which contains a section called US Politics — in parentheses, Facebook will have you labeled as Very L...

Apple’s Tim Cook calls for regulation on data, says Facebook incident is ‘dire’

Apple CEO Tim Cook called for stronger privacy regulations to prevent the abuse and misuse of data on Saturday in the aftermath of the leak of Facebook user information. Speaking at the annual China Development Forum in Beijing, which he co-hosted, Cook called for “well-crafted” regulations to prevent the information of users being put together and then utilized in ways that they did not know about or approve of. Cook’s statement will add to the mounting scandal hitting Facebook, which has pushed its stock price down 14 percent, and the growing pressure on co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to testify in public and overhaul its privacy protocol with app developers following revelations that his company allowed a firm paid by the Trump campaign, Cambridge Analytica, to amass personal data on 50 mil...

Steve Hilton: Elitist hypocrite George Soros makes a fool of himself in Davos

FILE — Soros Fund Management Chairman George Soros speaks during a panel discussion at the Nicolas Berggruen Conference in Berlin, October 30, 2012.  (REUTERS/Thomas Peter) Liberal billionaire George Soros grabbed headlines at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday by attacking internet giants Google and Facebook. Conveniently ignoring his own investment in these companies, Soros branded them a “menace to society.” “They deliberately engineer addiction to the services they provide,” Soros said. “This can be very harmful, particularly for adolescents. There is a similarity between internet platforms and gambling companies. Casinos have developed techniques to hook gamblers to the point where they gamble away all their money, even money they don’t have. Something ve...

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