Silicon Valley’s enormous influence on politics through social media and search seems to be concerning everyone from Donald Trump to employees of the big tech companies.
In the latest developments, the president has attacked Google, accusing the search engine of suppressing positive news involving him on its influential news aggregation service. He took up longstanding complaints by conservatives and the alt-right that there was political bias being shown by Silicon Valley technology groups, claiming that 96 per cent of all news searches for him produced results from “National Left-Wing Media”.
“Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation — will be addressed!” he wrote on Twitter, a medium where he can hardly complain that his voice and true opinions are not being heard loud and clear.
Back in the Valley, more than a hundred Facebook employees have joined an internal group criticising the social network for having a “political monoculture”.
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The group — called “FB’ers for Political Diversity” — was created last week by Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, and was first reported on by the New York Times. “We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology,” Mr Amerige wrote in the memo.
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