As if this election was not crazy enough.
A special video report released Thursday by SourceFed suggests Google is manipulating its search algorithm to display favorable results for the likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The accusation is that Google is altering their search recommendations by potentially burying harmful stories about her. SourceFed tested this by conducting a side by side comparison of Google, Bing, and Yahoo’s search engine results. For example, when beginning to type “Hillary Clinton cri,” Google’s auto complete suggests “Hillary Clinton crime reform.” In comparison, Bing and Yahoo both show their top auto complete result as “Hillary Clinton crimes.”
To be certin, SourceFed also tested that this was not just a difference in search algorithms by using Google Trends. What they found was that even on Google, “Hillary Clinton crimes” is more than 10 times likely to be searched than “Hillary Clinton crime reform.” SourceFed attempted the same experiment with the two remaining presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. In both cases all three search engine auto complete results matched.
Julian Assange, founder of Wiki-Leaks, first hinted that Google was tailoring their results at the New Era of Journalism: Farewell to Mainstream media forum in Moscow. Assange asserted that, “Google is directly engaged with Hillary Clinton’s campaign.” He added that “it’s a quid pro quo,” between Clinton and Google with the former Secretary of State allowing Google to use State Department materials.
Assange additionally noted that Eric Schmidt, who was the former CEO of Google and currently executive chairman of their parent company Alphabet, now heads the Pentagon innovation board. Schmidt also founded the startup called “The Groundwork,” which has been heavily involved in the Clinton campaign.
Not much is known about “The Groundwork” and what kind of work it does for Clinton. Like any good undercover operation, Schmidt made his startup as secretive as possible. The company website displays nothing but their logo, which ironically looks like the Illuminati symbol.
While this does not prove corruption all the way to Clinton herself, it does reveal that Eric Schmidt is invested in ensuring Clinton becomes the next president of the United States.
When asked about the allegations, a Google spokesperson denied claims of search engine manipulation and provided a statement in an email regarding Google’s autocomplete. “Autocomplete predictions are produced based on a number of factors including the popularity of search terms. Our systems are periodically updated to improve search, and our users’ search activity varies, so the terms that appear in autocomplete may change over time,” she continued.
“Additionally, our systems automatically filter a small set of offensive or inappropriate content from autocomplete predictions.”
GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump has yet to comment on the issue.