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An American psychologist says that Google‘s search algorithm has the power to influence elections and is therefore a “threat to democracy.”
Professor Robert Epstein says people’s trust in “unbiased” internet search giant Google is so much that they allow it to influence their decision.
Up to 10 million undecided voters could end up favouring Hillary Clinton for president after using the search engine.
Following years of research, professor Epstein claims: “Google has power to control elections, can shift millions of votes to Clinton.”
Despite being a supporter of the Democratic presidential nominee, Dr. Epstein believes Google’s unchecked algorithm of placing one candidate over the other in search results constitutes a “threat to democracy.”
RT: Robert, how did you discover that Google is possibly in cahoots with the Clinton campaign?
RE: Well I didn’t find out that they were necessarily supporting Hillary Clinton, that’s not what I found at first. First, through several years of research, I found that they had the power to control elections, the power to shift the votes. So, that was more than four years of experimental research with more than 10,000 people in 39 countries.
So, we established through some very careful experiments that by favoring one candidate in search rankings Google can shift a lot of votes. More than 20 percent of undecided voters overall, and in some demographic groups up to 80 percent of undecided voters. People trust search rankings so much that if one candidate is favored in search rankings that shifts peoples’ votes.
Now, more recently, many people have established that Google has a very close relationship with Hillary Clinton. That didn’t come from my research, that cam