On Monday, Project Veritas released a video report featuring testimony from a Google whistleblower, along with leaked documents and undercover footage, that suggests that the most influential search engine in the world is actively promoting an agenda when it comes to news and politically and ideologically charged information. Google, says the insider, is a "highly biased political machine."
During an interview with a Google insider — whose identity is kept anonymous throughout the video — Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe walks through leaked internal documents appearing to show how the search engine manipulates what information users see based on its "fair and equitable" priorities, which at times filters out or deemphasizes factual information that its creators deem "unfair" (video below).
A leaked "confidential" document on "algorithmic unfairness" provides an example of what the company's policies and programs are attempting to reduce: "For example, imagine that a Google image query for 'CEOs' shows predominately men ... Even if it were a factually accurate representation of the world, it would be algorithmic unfairness."
"In some cases it may be appropriate to take no action if the system accurately affects current reality, while in other cases it may be desirable to consider how we might help society reach a more fair and equitable state via product intervention," the leaked document states.
O'Keefe demonstrates the "fairness" at work through Google's automated searches. When he types "men can," the search engine fills in "have babies" and "get pregnant" and "have periods" among its top possible search results (The Daily Wire found the same results). A search for "women can" brings up "vote" and "do anything" among its top results. The insider explains that this is not because people are actually searching for this; instead, it's a deliberate result of an ideological agenda.
"They want to act as gatekeeper between the user and the content they want to access, so they're going to come in and they're going to filter the content," the whistleblower says. "They're going to say, 'We don't want to give the user access to that information because it's going to create an outcome that's undesireable to us.'"
Among the information being suppressed, the insider told Project Veritas, is content produced by Prager University and Dave Rubin.
Another leaked document addresses how Google handles news sources, citing its goal of creating "a single point of truth across Google products."
This means "alignment with the narrative," the insider says. "The narrative is manufactured by established players," he explains. "What they are looking to do ... is boost authoritative content."
In connection to this practice, Project Veritas cuts to a clip of the head of Google's "Responsible Innovation" team, which monitors the responsible implementation of A.I. technologies, telling undercover reporters in a secretly recorded video: "We have gotten accusations on around fairness is that we're unfair to conservatives because we're choosing what we define as credible news sources, and those sources don't necessarily overlap with conservative sources. So we're getting accusations of unfair from one side."
Asked by O'Keefe if Google has an agenda and makes editorial decisions, the insider says, "Yes," pointing to a leaked internal flow chart — specifically one section labeled "G-Tech: Manual, Policies, Editorial Guidelines" — that he says shows that the company is "applying their editorial agenda" in determining what information reaches users.
"If you'd expand that, you'd see there's 'Machine Learning Fairness' within these algorithmic checks," he says. In the end, he says, they filter out the information that doesn't align with their ideology. "Machine Learning Fairness," Project Veritas reports, is "one of the many tools Google uses to promote a political agenda."
“They’re going to redefine a reality based on what they think is fair and based upon what they want, and what and is part of their agenda," says the whistleblower.
WATCH (Update: YouTube has since pulled the video "due to a privacy claim by a third party"):