Greg Coppola, a senior software engineer who works on Google Assistant and reports directly to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, has told Project Veritas that he doesn’t think Pichai’s statements to Congress on political bias were true.
During his Congressional testimony in December 2018, Pichai answered various questions on political bias and made the statement
“I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way.”
In an interview, the Head of Project Veritas James O’Keefe asked Coppola about Pichai’s congressional testimony on political bias by saying:
“And then the Google CEO did testify under oath that Google’s algorithms are politically unbiased. Was he lying?”
Coppola responded by saying:
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“I mean lying’s a strong word. I definitely don’t think it’s true.”
He went on to explain that he believes Google applies extreme bias to certain left-leaning sites so that they get boosted in Google’s algorithms. For example, he said that 20% of all search results for the term “Donald Trump” come from CNN in Google News and when you consider that there are millions of sites on the internet, “one has to wonder how it, how it really got to be that way.”
Coppola says he came forward because he believes we’re at a really important point in human history. He adds that we had tech that was politically neutral, now it’s taking sides in a political contest and that he thinks big corporate power merging with political parties is dangerous.
Coppola finished by saying that as someone with a PhD in computer science and five years of working at one of the world’s top computer science companies:
“I really don’t buy the idea that tech is politically neutral and I think we need to start incorporating that into whatever strategy we use to have a democracy going forward. Are we going to continue to have elections that mean anything? Are we going to continue to think for ourselves? Or are we going to just let the biggest tech companies decide who wins from now on?”
Coppola’s statements come after former Google engineer Mike Wacker said Pichai lied to Congress about search manipulation. They also follow numerous other leaks that suggest both the employees inside Google and Google’s AI are politically biased.