Tucker EXCLUSIVE: Google Employees Discussed Manipulation of Search Results After Trump Travel Ban
What if Google's search results were secretly weighted based on a certain political viewpoint?
Tucker Carlson raised the question Thursday night, reporting exclusively on internal Google emails in which employees discussed potentially manipulating the search engine's results to undermine President Trump's travel ban.
Carlson said in Jan. 2017 - after Trump's executive order was issued - a Google marketing manager wrote about a "large brainstorm" to "actively counter algorithmically-biased results for search terms such as 'Islam, Iran, Mexico, Latino'" and others.
"In other words, Google employees wanted to alter the search results to make them more positive in certain cases for political reasons," said Carlson.
Internal documents obtained by #TuckerCarlsonTonight show Google employees discussed corrupting the company’s search engine to push propaganda on hundreds of millions of unsuspecting users, all for the sake of resisting President Trump.
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) September 21, 2018
The same manager then proposed promoting links to organizations who were fighting the Trump executive order.
The female employee's colleagues appeared to support the idea, Carlson reported, with just one other person on the email chain responding that such an idea may be too "partisan" and a "breach" of company precedent.
Google issued a statement regarding the emails, calling the email conversation a "brainstorm of ideas" that were never implemented.
"Google has never manipulated its search results or modified any of its products to promote a particular political ideology. ... Our processes and policies would not have allowed for any manipulation of search results to promote political ideologies," the statement to Fox News read.
Google executives are set to testify next week before Congress at a hearing related to privacy, but Carlson called on at least one lawmaker to press them on this issue.
"This shouldn't be fine with any of us or with the U.S. Congress. ... Because it's much scarier than anything Russia ever attempted," he concluded.
Carlson has reported extensively in recent weeks on Google, including apparent efforts to help Latino voter turnout in 2016 and new revelations that Google worked on a project to potentially help the Chinese government censor its citizens' Internet searches.
Watch the full report above.