It appears that interference in the 2020 election has already begun, and it’s not the Russians this time. In fact, the perpetrator isn’t even a foreign entity, but a company that provides services to most Americans daily: Google.
Earlier this year, undercover investigative organization Project Veritas exposed a Google executive expressing the desire to “fix” the results of the 2016 election and promote a progressive agenda in the future. Was this the wild fantasy of a single employee, or does Google genuinely intend to meddle in the democratic process, starting with the 2020 election? It seems the company may have already launched its first salvo. Rather than Trump, however, it is Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) who claims to have fallen victim to Google’s bias. But the candidate isn’t backing down.
Google Interfering In Election?
Gabbard recently filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly scuttling her online advertising campaign. The suit alleges the company blocked her commercials from appearing on its Google Ads service only hours after the first Democratic primary debate ended. It seems the tech giant may have pulled down Gabbard’s ads when she became the most-searched candidate on Google in the hours after the debate concluded.
In the lawsuit, Gabbard claims that Google’s actions kept her from reaching millions of voters. She is seeking “declaratory and injunctive relief against Google for its illegal behavior,” and seeking $50 million in damages, arguing that she could have lost “potentially millions” in donations. While Google says it suspended her account as a result of suspicious financial activity,
Gabbard’s campaign penned an email to supporters indicating that Google “obfuscated and dissembled with a series of inconsistent and incoherent reasons for its actions.” By the time her advertising was reinstated, she had lost out on the bump the debates had given her, she alleges.
But why would a company like Google go after Gabbard specifically? As a woman of color with the same basic policies as the more left-leaning candidates, one would hardly expect her to offend the Silicon Valley mindset. But Gabbard adopts a stance that many on both the left and the right cannot abide: She is virulently anti-war. The representative has been the subject of criticism due to her opposition to America’s involvement in foreign conflicts. The last thing the establishment on both sides of the political aisle would want is another president who opposes American involvement in unnecessary foreign wars.
The Interference Has Begun
In June, Project Veritas’ undercover reporters caught Google’s Head of Responsible Innovation Jen Gennai on tape voicing her disapproval of potential government regulations on the company. Her objection wasn’t that the state should not control private entities; rather, her problem was that such legislation could make it harder for corporations such as hers to influence the political conversation and even elections. Regulation to break up Big Tech companies, such as that recently suggested by both Democrats and Republicans, “will not make it better, it will make it worse,” she said. “Because now all these smaller companies who don’t have the same resources as we do will be charged with preventing the next Trump situation, it’s like a small company cannot do that.”
Well, it appears that Google wishes to prevent a Tulsi situation as well. If Gabbard’s allegations are accurate, one of the most influential tech companies in the world is using its power to sway the results of the 2020 election. That one entity possesses the power to influence millions of American minds is not a matter people should take lightly. While the public is distracted with disagreements over the president’s tweets, certain forces are covertly using their resources to subvert the will of the public. The 2020 election will be hard-fought, but what will happen if Google is allowed to decide the results?