By Corinne Weaver | June 24, 2019
MRC News Busters
James O’Keefe’s whistleblower outlet posted a video of Google Responsible Innovation Head, Jen Gennai, in a June 24 report. The Google manager said that “breaking up Google” would not “prevent the next Trump situation.” She also stated that Google was training its algorithms in a different way now, that might affect elections. In the video, she bragged, “We’re training our algorithms, like, if 2016 happened again, would we have … would the outcome be different?”
Gennai reiterated a sentiment that most Google executives expressed in another leaked video that was published by Breitbart. The video showed Google execs lamenting over President Donald Trump’s win in the 2016 election. In the Project Veritas video, Gennai said, “We all got screwed over in 2016. The people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over so we’re rapidly been like, what happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again?”
The Google insider leaked another document to Project Veritas that talked about how unconscious bias in artificial intelligence design “programs people.” The document, which is supposed to be a training presentation, claimed that “fair was not the default” when it comes to algorithms.
“Machine learning fairness” is a tool used by Google to correct the inherent bias found in algorithms, according to the report. “Algorithmic unfairness” meant that there was “unjust or prejudicial treatment of people” that was based on “race, income, sexual orientation, or gender.” By implementing a policy of machine learning fairness, Google planned on correcting the unfairness found in internet users.
Gennai didn’t think much of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and her call to break up Google. She said, “I love her, but she’s very misguided. That will not make it better, it will make it worse, because all these smaller companies who don’t have the same resources that we do will be charged with preventing the next Trump situation. A small company cannot do that.”
The report also focused on content suppression that took place on YouTube. The video platform allegedly demoted content from journalist Tim Pool and commentator Dave Rubin (who are not even conservative) and replaced the algorithm recommending videos from these creators. In its place, YouTube put an algorithm that sent users to “different news outlets,” such as CNN or MSNBC.
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