Search engine’s power to manipulate public opinion represents a “threat to democracy”
According to top psychologist Robert Epstein, the power of Google’s algorithm to manipulate public opinion is so strong that it can influence up to 10 million undecided voters, ensuring a victory for Hillary Clinton.
After several years of research involving more than 10,000 people in 39 countries, Epstein concluded that Google has “the power to control elections” and that by favoring one candidate over another in some demographics up to 80 percent of undecided voters can be easily manipulated.
Google’s long standing support for Hillary Clinton runs so deep, that Google parent company Alphabet’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, met with Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and asked if he could be Hillary’s “head outside advisor.”
“Many people have established that Google has a very close relationship with Hillary Clinton,” Epstein told RT, adding that, “Google seems to be favoring Hillary Clinton in its search suggestions, the suggestions it gives you when you first start to type an item.”
Back in August, we proved how Google had altered its search algorithm to prevent searches for “Clinton body count” from auto-completing, despite the term auto-completing when typed in on virtually any other search engine.
Back in June it was revealed by SourceFed that Google was indeed manipulating its search results to bury unflattering stories about Hillary. “For example, when typing “Hillary Clinton cri,” Google’s auto-complete function brings up as its top choice “Hillary Clinton crime reform,” even though competing search engines Bing and Yahoo show the most popular search topics are “Hillary Clinton criminal charges” and “Hillary Clinton crime,” reported the Washington Times.
Epstein also noted that Facebook has the power to shift up to 600,000 voters on election day by simply sending out targeted reminders to Hillary Clinton supporters telling them to vote, while not sending out the same reminder to Trump supporters.
According to Epstein, who is a Clinton supporter himself, “Hillary Clinton is guaranteed to win this election” by approximately 6.5 million votes because polls don’t take into account Google’s algorithm to control the behavior of up to 10 million voters.
“Google’s algorithm has probably been determining the outcomes of close elections around the world for many years, probably actually controlling the winner in as many as 25 percent of the national elections of the world,” warns Epstein, adding that Google’s power was “unprecedented in human history” and constitutes a dangerous “threat to democracy” because it has no competitor and is automatically trusted more than any newspaper, magazine or television station.