Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Wednesday that Google will not endorse Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump for president, after allegations the tech giant manipulates engine searches in favor of Clinton.
“We have not taken a position on the American election and nor do I expect us to,” Schmidt told a crowd of entrepreneurs at a conference in London.
YouTube channel SourceFed claimed earlier in June, “Google has been actively altering search recommendations in favor of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.” The viral video outlined that searching the phrase“Hillary Clinton Cri” in Google, pulled up three results: “Hillary Clinton crime reform,” “Hillary Clinton crisis,” and “Hillary Clinton crime bill of 1994.” (RELATED: VIDEO: Is Google Manipulating Searches To Be Pro-Hillary?)
When the same phrase is searched in Bing or Yahoo, results such as “Hillary Clinton criminal charges” and “Hillary Clinton criminal” appear. SourceFed pointed out that the different results “focused on whether or not Hillary Clinton has ever committed a crime.”
Silicon Valley overwhelmingly supports Democrats over Republicans in recent fundraising reports. Outside of industry groups and Google’s official corporate PAC, 68 percent of political contributions from Google employees went directly to Democratic candidates and committees, while Republicans received 12 percent, according to a recent analysis by The Hill.
Google has been accused of being too close to the Obama administration, with recent data indicating the company has averaged more than one visit per week since the start of his presidency.
“I can say with certainty we’re going to take a position on equality, diversity, equal treatment of people, fairness, gay rights,” Schmidt said. “On other matters the company will probably not take a position.”
Trump responded to the allegations last week, telling Business Insider, “If this is true, it is a disgrace that Google would do that,” and called it “Very, very dishonest.” Trump added, “They should let it float and allow people [to] see how crooked she really is.”
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