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Study finds Google ‘interfered’ with elections 41 times over the last 16 years

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According to a study by the conservative Media Research Center, Google has interfered in U.S. elections 41 times over the past 16 years by favoring liberal candidates.

Examples cited include favoring Obama over McCain and Romney, excluding potentially damaging autofill results for Clinton in 2016, and suppressing news critical of Biden.

Google denies any political bias, saying it has safeguards in place and incentives to keep users on both sides happy.

The MRC argues Google’s actions constitute election interference and in-kind political contributions.

“MRC researchers have found 41 times where Google interfered in elections over the last 16 years, and its impact has surged dramatically, making it evermore harmful to democracy. In every case, Google harmed the candidates – regardless of party – who threatened its left-wing candidate of choice,” MRC Free Speech America vice president Dan Schneider and editor Gabriela Pariseau wrote.

The MRC recommends Congress investigate Google for free speech and election violations.

“From the mouths of Google executives, the tech giant let slip what was never meant to be made public: That Google uses its “great strength and resources and reach” to advance its leftist values,” they added. “Google’s outsized influence on information technology, the body politic and American elections became evident in 2008. After failing to prevent then-candidate for president Donald Trump from being inaugurated following the 2016 election, Google has since made clear to any discerning observer that it has been — and will continue — interfering in America’s elections.”

“Utilizing the many tools in its arsenal, Google aided those who most closely aligned with its leftist values from election cycle to election cycle since as far back as the 2008 presidential election. Meanwhile, it targeted for censorship those candidates who posed the most serious threat,” Schneider and Pariseau wrote.

“While its interference was first evident in 2008, its meddling has turned into an organizational mission to ensure that its candidates win on election day,” they added. “Many studies reveal the results of the tech giant’s commitment.”

Google maintains its search results are not politically biased and that claims of interference have been debunked.

“There is absolutely nothing new here – just a recycled list of baseless, inaccurate complaints that have been debunked by third parties and many that failed in the courts. Politicians on the left have a long history of making similar claims too. We have a clear business incentive to keep everyone using our products, so we have no desire to make them biased or inaccurate and have safeguards in place to ensure this. Numerous conservatives have been particularly successful in using our platforms to spread their message to a wide audience,” a Google spokesperson stated.

“From our research, alternatives appear to produce better, less biased results,” Schneider and Pariseau wrote.

“No organization has more control over information than Google, and they have repeatedly used that power to manipulate the public to vote for the most left-wing candidates in every major election since 2008. It’s un-American to attempt to manipulate elections this way. It’s time Congress acts to shut down this massive election interference scheme,” Media Research Center founder and president Brent Bozell said.

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