Fox News' Tucker Carlson reported Thursday night that emails he recently obtained show that Google employees schemed to "leverage" Google's search to promote certain groups and terms in search results that were in opposition to President Donald Trump and his administration's agenda.
"We have internal documents that show that Google employees discussed corrupting the company's search engine to push propaganda on hundreds of millions of unsuspecting users," Carlson said.
"Shortly after taking office, President Trump issued his now famous 'Travel Ban,'" Carlson continued. "Almost immediately after that Google employees began plotting ways to undermine the president’s executive order."
"On January 29, a Google product marketing manager named Mackenzie Thomas sent an email to a group of fellow employees: 'There is a large brainstorm going on throughout the marketing org,' she wrote," Carlson said. "Brainstorming about how to respond to Trump’s order."
Tucker said that among Thomas’ ideas was to "actively counter algorithmic biased results for search terms such as Islam, Iran, Mexico, Latino, and so forth."
Carlson explained that the emails meant that Google employees wanted to "alter the search results to make them more positive in certain cases for political reasons."
Carlson said that Thomas also suggested promoting links for making donations to organizations that were fighting Trump's travel ban.
The Fox News host continued by noting that other Google employees seemed to strongly approve of the ideas.
"Product manager [inaudible] replied this way: 'We're absolutely in, Mackenzie. Anything you need, we'll put together a list of orgs with Merrill and [inaudible].'"
"Another employee named Stacy Chen added the groups she thought Google should promote included the ACLU, the Immigration Defense Project, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and the National Immigration Law Center," Carlson continued.
Carlson noted that all of those groups were in firm opposition to Trump's immigration policies.
Google responded to the emails obtained by Fox News by issuing a statement saying: "Their emails were just a brainstorm of ideas, none of which were ever implemented. Google has never manipulated its search results or modified any of its products to promote a particular political ideology -- not in the current campaign season, not during the 2016 election, and not in the aftermath of President Trump's executive order on immigration. Our processes and policies would not have allowed for any manipulation of search results to promote political ideologies."
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