Google Executives Called Trump Voters ‘Extremists’ & Vowed to Fight Populism
Video of an internal Google meeting shows the company’s top officials talking about using AI to fight populism and “low-information voters” in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 US presidential election.
The 1-hour “confidential, for internal use only” video was posted by Breitbart on Wednesday. It has gained traction online, and is cited by pro-Trump commentators as yet another proof of the Silicon Valley’s bias towards conservatives.
It shows a meeting of the company's executives with rattled staff members shortly after the 2016 presidential election.
“Myself as an immigrant and a refugee, I certainly find this election deeply offensive and I know many of you do too,”Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin says in the opening minutes of the video, before admitting that “many people apparently don’t share the values that we have.”
ater in the conversation, Brin attempts to explain the inner motives that prompted Trump supporters to vote as they did. He argues that the boredom that stems from handling a “routine job” is what drove people to opt for the Republican candidate in the first place.
“There is actually a lot of historical precedent of boredom being a huge factor in vote choice and actually in building extremism,” Brin says.
Asked by an employee what Google has in stock to fight off “very organized misinformation campaign” targeting “low-information voters,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that Google should be “investing more in machine learning and AI is a big opportunity there.”
Seemingly foreshadowing the narrative crafted by the mainstream media later on, Brin mentions “a lot [of] cyber-trolling by nation states, basically Russia,” as part of the problem, adding that “it was never taken all that seriously.”