On Wednesday, Project Veritas released a video interview of a Google senior software engineer coming forward to sound the alarm over the impact of political bias at the search engine giant. Within a few hours, Google placed the engineer on administrative leave.
“Greg Coppola, the senior Google engineer who spoke to Project Veritas in an on-the-record interview about alleged bias in Google News and Google Search, has been placed on administrative leave,” Project Veritas reported Thursday in an update on the Coppola interview. In response to the apparent retaliatory action, Coppola has created a GoFundMe account with the goal of raising $16,000 in the expectation that he “will probably be fired” for “expressing concern that big tech is taking sides in elections.”
As The Daily Wire reported Wednesday, Coppola, a senior software engineer in the Google Assistant division, agreed to go on the record with conservative organization Project Veritas to warn against the political bias he says is built into Google’s algorithms. In a statement to The Daily Wire, Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe described the moment as more evidence that “the dam has broken” on the issue of Big Tech bias.
“I’ve been coding since I was ten [years old],” Coppola told Project Veritas in the interview. “I have a PhD, I have five years’ experience at Google and I just know how algorithms are. They don’t write themselves. We write them to do what want them to do.”
“I think for a while we had tech that was politically neutral,” he said. “Now we have tech that really, first of all is taking sides in a political contest, which I think, you know, anytime you have big corporate power merging with political parties can be dangerous.”
In reference to Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifying in front of Congress last December that the company’s searches are unbiased, Coppola dismissed the claim as “ridiculous.” While he has a “great deal of respect” for Pichai as a manager, Coppola said, “I think it’s, you know, ridiculous to say that there’s no bias. I think everyone who supports anything other than the Democrats, anyone who’s pro-Trump or in any way deviates from what CNN and the New York Times are pushing, notices how bad it is.”
Coppola pointed to the rise of Donald Trump as the turning point in the political bias problem in Big Tech. “I think as the election started to ramp up, the angle that the Democrats and the media took was that anyone who liked Donald Trump was a racist …” he said. “And that got picked up everywhere. I mean, every tech company, everybody in New York, everybody in the field of computer science basically believed that.”
Newsbusters reports that if Coppola is indeed fired, as he expects to be, “he will be the third public victim of Google’s inherent bias toward conservative engineers.”