New York: A video published by the right-leaning website Breitbart on Wednesday has led to a fresh controversy for the IT giant Google. The nearly hour-long video shows Google’s top executives including the likes of Sergey Brin, President of Google parent Alphabet and Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer of Google, consoling their employees after the announcement of the 2016 elections where Donald Trump was elected President.
The video has infuriated a lot of the conservatives, who are now demanding that a closer look be taken at the company for its “political bias.” Some White House allies even suggested that the company should be investigated.
The video shows the tops executives trying to console their employees, especially the immigrants, considering President Trump’s stance on issues such as immigration and border security. The leaders were trying to encourage their workers to consider “all sides of the political spectrum”, according to a source at Google.
Following the video’s leak, a lot of tweets accusing the company of trying to undermine Trump’s regime were sent out by officials, the likes of which include:
“They control 91 percent of all search and they get to decide what everyone sees. If this isn’t a Monopoly I don’t know what is,” tweeted Donald Trump Jr.
The President’s campaign manager also weighed in on the matter, tweeting: “Congressional hearings! Investigate.”
In response to these tweets, a spokesperson for Google said that the company promotes free speech and, in a statement, said that nothing said during the meeting showed political bias and that the company’s products were always bias-free.
This video published by Breitbart could spell trouble for Google as like its counterparts- Facebook and Twitter, it has been battered by allegations of trying to stifle conservative news and views.
In the video, it is seen that the employees, many of whom are immigrants, tried to get their leaders to fight Trump on his various agendas especially immigration.
Breitbart, however, omitted the full context of some of the exchanges between the leaders and the employees, making it appear as though the executives were entirely against Trump and his administration. They omitted parts of the clip where the leaders spoke positively about a Trump presidency while retaining parts where the executives and the employees were joking about the President.