by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:
Breitbart has an “in” at Google, someone with access to information that they have been leaking to Breitbart News, which in turn has roiled the search engine giant to the point where internal meetings have employees screaming “F*ck you leakers.”
According to former Google employee who recently resigned from Google in protest over the Google’s plans for a censored searchengine for China, dubbed Dragonfly, preventing leaks has become Google’s top priority following a leaked video sent to Breitbart of Google’s first weekly TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) meeting after the 2016 presidential election.
In that hour-long video of the meeting Google’s most high profile figures such as Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, VPs Kent Walker and Eileen Naughton, CFO Ruth Porat, and CEO Sundar Pichai, all speak to employees, where the dismay over the election results is clear, as is their opinion of Trump supporters.
These individuals, who preside over a company with unrivaled influence over the flow of information, can be seen disparaging the motivations of Trump voters and plotting ways to use their vast resources to thwart the Trump agenda.
Co-founder Sergey Brin can be heard comparing Trump supporters to fascists and extremists. Brin argues that like other extremists, Trump voters were motivated by “boredom,” which he says in the past led to fascism and communism.
The Google co-founder then asks his company to consider what it can do to ensure a “better quality of governance and decision-making.”
VP for Global Affairs Kent Walker argues that supporters of populist causes like the Trump campaign are motivated by “fear, xenophobia, hatred, and a desire for answers that may or may not be there.”
Later, Walker says that Google should fight to ensure the populist movement – not just in the U.S. but around the world – is merely a “blip” and a “hiccup” in a historical arc that “bends toward progress.”
CEO Sundar Pichai states that the company will develop machine learning and A.I. to combat what an employee described as “misinformation” shared by “low-information voters.”
While that leaked video of Google’s confidential TGIF meeting wasn’t the first leak to Breitbart from someone within Google, it was by far the one that stunned the media, as journalists reacted on social media with shock at what a huge scoop it was.
Since then Breitbart has received other internal Google communications, including another huge scoop when they revealed Google’s “The Good Censor,” an 85-page briefing which argued that due to a variety of factors, including the election of President Trump, the “American tradition” of free speech is an “Utopian narrative.”
Read that entire piece, along with the 85-page briefing over at Breitbart in a piece titled “‘THE GOOD CENSOR’: Leaked Google Briefing Admits Abandonment of Free Speech for ‘Safety And Civility’.”
GOOGLE EMPLOYEES PLOT TO DESTROY BREITBART USING USERS COMMENTS, NOT CONTENT
On Monday, December 10, 2018, Breitbart just dropped another bombshell leak from Google, which included internal communications in early 2017 where employees from a variety of departments actively plotted to demonetize Breitbart for “hate speech.” They colluded to “hold their nose and look through Breitbart.com for hate-speech,” with many members in the group discussion volunteering to help.
Further down in the discussion, one employee, Pierre Fite-georgel asks “One question, should we focus on the article themselves or are the comments good material too?” In response Jeff Lakusta, head of technical support for Google’s ad buying software, said “If someone knows the AdSense policy (or someone to ask on the team), we could see if comments are material enough to warrant action. Since I don’t know anyone to ask, I’d suggest we just scrape the comments too and create a place in the trix to distinguish between content and comments.”
Later Jim Gray, who is listed as Director of Trust and Safety at Google, was added to the group, and responded to the question as to whether they can use comments as a way to demonetize Breitbart. Gray stated “To answer a question on the thread — user comments are on the page as content and any page we monetize they would be included in our policy reviews.
Later in the discussion thread someone named David Motsonashvili joined in and informed the group that almost 90 percent of the information highlighted by the group on the spreadsheet they created was from the comment section, not the content of the articles. He prefaced that by saying “So, I’ve been kinda out on this conversation for a little bit. And I looked at the spreadsheet just now. I’ve noticed that almost all the stuff there is based on comments,while, as a tactic for getting google to dump Breitbart this may be somewhat successful, I think its relevant to note that it may have a seriously detrimental side effect,which can be seen on other communities like r/the_donald.”
The discussion name is “Breitbart and Google Ads,” and above the title, in a blue box it says “Resist.”