World watches video, discover what it already knows: Silicon Valley liberals don’t like Trump
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World watches video, discover what it already knows: Silicon Valley liberals don’t like Trump

Last Wednesday, a leaked video of Alphabet executives was published on right wing website Breitbart News. The video, shot shortly after the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, shows top brass like co-founder Sergey Brin, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, chief financial officer Ruth Porat, and legal counsel Kent Walker, address employees in sombre tones, bemoaning the election of President Donald J. Trump. It comes as Alphabet, as well as other Big Tech fixtures like Twitter and Amazon, are being accused of liberal bias.

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In the video, Sergey Brin tells listeners: “myself as an immigrant and refugee, I certainly find the selection deeply offensive and I know many of you do too. I think it’s a very stressful time and conflicts with many of our values.” Later in the video, Porat admits to being a staunch Clinton supporter, but says that the political process was fair, and should be respected. She added: "And who any one of us voted for is really not the point because the values that are held dear at this company transcend politics and we're going to constantly fight to preserve them."

Trump has recently accused Google and other players of bias against him, and this video has been touted in some parts of the internet as corroborating evidence. But the real question is: should anyone be surprised by it?

Everyone knows Silicon Valley leans left. And Brin, Porat and others, have made no secret of the fact that they supported Mr. Trump’s rival for the presidency. The salient question is whether these personal political stances – to which every American is entitled, and which most of the people in the video have previously disclosed in public – influence the company’s products (like Google search and YouTube). So far, Mr. Trump and his supporters have provided no evidence for this allegation – and this video doesn’t provide it.

A spokesperson from Google reiterated: “At a regularly scheduled all hands meeting, some Google employees and executives expressed their own personal views in the aftermath of a long and divisive election season. For over 20 years, everyone at Google has been able to freely express their opinions at these meetings. Nothing was said at that meeting, or any other meeting, to suggest that any political bias ever influences the way we build or operate our products. To the contrary, our products are built for everyone, and we design them with extraordinary care to be a trustworthy source of information for everyone, without regard to political viewpoint.”

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Dominion holds Alphabet in its Global Trends Managed Fund.


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