Google, who is currently facing investigations from both the FTC and the House Judiciary Committee, was recently criticized for political bias against conservatives at the annual Alphabet shareholder meeting.
Justin Danhof, director of the conservative Free Enterprise Project, attended the shareholders meeting. He demanded that Google CEO Sundar Pichai respond on the widely documented allegations that the company has been repeatedly discriminating against conservatives.
Danhof said that Google does not exhibit viewpoint diversity and that the company is very intolerant with regard to considering conservative perspectives.
“Why is this woke company so afraid of viewpoint diversity? When I filed a shareholder proposal asking the company to consider the idea of expanding viewpoint diversity on the board, the company scoffed,” said Danhof.
He further referred to Google’s careless attitude towards conservatives and how the company treated the Heritage Foundation’s president Kay Coles James.
There was a heated pressure campaign spearheaded by several Google employees forcing the company into removing James from an AI ethics board because she was a conservative.
He then addressed what James wrote about her experience with Google and said she wrote that:
“In 1961, at age 12, I was one of two-dozen black children who integrated in an all-white junior high school in Richmond. White parents jeered me outside the school, and inside, their kids stuck me with pins, shoved me in the halls and pushed me down the stairs. So when the group of Google employees resorted to calling names and making false accusations because they didn’t want a conservative voice advising the company, the hostility was reminiscent of what I felt back then — that same intolerance for someone who was different from them.”
Danhof also mentioned the company’s association with the controversial organization, The Southern Poverty Law Center. He then asked Pichai if Google would ever plan on promoting viewpoint diversity. He suggested that establishing a public advisory board that includes conservatives such as Ms. James would help in making the company “tolerant and inclusive.”
Pichai didn't answer Danhof’s question and, instead, directed it to the company’s VP of public policy, Kent Walker.
With passing time, Google is being subjected to an increasing level of scrutiny for discriminating conservatives, both internally and in its products.