A former Google employee and whistleblower has gone to the US Department of Justice to turn over a trove of insider documents damning the tech giant’s operations.
According to the 950 pages of documents, Google manipulates its artificial intelligence-powered algorithms to produce political bias and, at the same time, obscure this practice.
The report filed on Wednesday says that the Google insider, Zach Vorhies, has in the past spoken anonymously for Project Veritas – but has today unmasked himself.
“It will be so revolting that it doesn’t matter what the solution is, a solution will just form as a reaction to this manipulation they have done,” the Google insider said.
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This claim, of course, runs against what Google’s top representatives have been saying publicly – and is sworn testimonies before the US Congress. Thus, last December, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said there was no anti-conservative bias on the platform – because algorithms are allegedly unable to operate in a biased way.
That has since been disputed by other Google whistleblowers, who pointed out that algorithms are not, as it were, descended onto tech platforms from heavens above – but are instead programmed by humans, to do what humans want them to do.
Vorhies said they thought the problem was in the average user not fully understanding how the technology that they use works – but also expressing hope that “a free market can fix this issue.” Even though it’s at this time distorted – the magnitude of manipulation will be unacceptable and will prompt a reaction, Vorhies said. “It will be so revolting that it doesn’t matter what the solution is, a solution will just form as a reaction to this manipulation they have done.”
This is not the only Google whistleblower who has recently come out to speak with Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe, with the common theme being the tech giant’s political bias against conservative news outlets and figures in the US, and manipulation of search results to promote news sources that fit within this agenda – and demote those who are seen as inconvenient.