Peter Schweizer: 'Google and Facebook Brought' AG Anti-Trust Meeting 'on Themselves'
On Tuesday, state attorneys general met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to discuss strategies to rein in Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook by using anti-trust laws. The team behind "The Creepy Line," a new documentary about Big Tech, praised the meeting as vital, and argued that Google and Facebook brought this meeting on themselves.
"Google and Facebook have brought this meeting between the Department of Justice and several attorneys general on themselves," New York Times bestselling author Peter Schweizer, writer and producer of "The Creepy Line," said in a statement Tuesday. "With documented bias that has harmed consumers, Google's abuse of the public trust has impacted users of all political stripes, and the recent leaked emails show them considering putting their finger on the scale on important national debates."
Schweizer was referring to one email revealing a Google executive bragging about helping to increase the Latino vote, assuming Latinos would vote for Hillary Clinton, and another series of emails showing Google employees scheming about how to tweak the search engine function to harm Trump's travel ban.
"Because of these documented problems, Google, Facebook, and other Internet platforms warrant closer scrutiny from government and non-government organizations," Schweizer declared.
He further warned about an earlier leaked video in which "Google leadership and employees expressed their desire to use their platform to 'spread our company’s values.' With control over 90% of searches, they have the ability to do it."
Finally, Schweizer cited the work of Ph.D. psychologist Robert Epstein, who revealed that "Google and Facebook have the ability to manipulate and bias the information we see without us even knowing it. This is not only creepy, it’s dangerous. And, it’s time all of us took a closer look at these companies, their capabilities, and their goals."
Epstein, senior research psychologist at the nonpartisan American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and author of 15 books and more than 300 articles on Internet influence and other topics, also emphasized the importance of the meeting.
"Randomized, controlled, peer-reviewed research I have been conducting since 2013 has repeatedly demonstrated the unprecedented power that Big Tech companies — Google, in particular — have to shift opinions and votes on a massive scale," Epstein said in a statement. "My research suggests, for example, that Big Tech companies can shift upwards of 12 million votes in the November, 2018, election without people knowing they are being manipulated."
More terrifying, "these manipulations use ephemeral content — short-lived content that is generated 'on the fly' — [so] they also leave no paper trail for authorities to trace."
Epstein's research has shown that the search engine manipulation effect (SEME) "can easily shift the voting preferences of at least 20 percent of undecided voters — up to 80 percent in some demographic groups." "The Creepy Line" presents his research suggesting that Google's bias in 2016 likely gave Hillary Clinton her victory in the popular vote.