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Google defends Trump election reaction

16 September 2018

A similar sentiment is emerging on the right, but Google is pushing back.

The clip, which comes just over a year after Google came under fire for sacking an engineer for his views, shows executives taking part in the first TGIF or Thank God It's Friday presentation, a weekly tradition at the technology company, after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. According to The Washington Post, some White House allies are even sating that it should prompt regulators to investigate the company.

"I think they already have", Trump told The Daily Caller in an exclusive September 5 interview, responding to questions about whether Google and Facebook are interfering in elections He added: "I mean the true interference in the last election was that - if you look at all, virtually all of those companies are super liberal companies in favor of Hillary Clinton".

One big quote: "As an immigrant and a refugee, I certainly find this election deeply offensive, and I know many of you do too", co-founder Sergey Brin tells the audience. According to him, there was a "lot of fear within Google", going by the numerous emails he had received from anxious employees; however he stressed that the country just had to trust in the democratic process.

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The company also upset conservatives when thousands of Google employees protested the company's work on developing artificial intelligence for the Pentagon.

I think they need stepped on. "We kept our Google efforts non-partisan and followed our company's protocols for the elections strategy", read the email from Google's Eliana Murillo, sent November 9, 2016, according to Breitbart. Neither did Breitbart detail a moment when Pichai and Page highlighted that Trump could improve U.S. infrastructure or that it could be the end of congressional gridlock.

Google has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks since Trump accused the company of gaming search results to suppress positive stories about his administration - a charge the company denied and that search experts said was implausible.

"Google needs to explain why this isn't a threat to the republic", tweeted Parscale, the manager of Trump's 2020 election campaign.

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Nigel Farage called for an investigation of Google "sooner rather than later". "If this isn't a Monopoly I don't know what is", tweeted Donald Trump Jr, the President's son.

In a video shared online one day later, Trump accused Google of promoting both of President Barack Obama's State of the Union addresses on its homepage, while failing to do the same for himself. He even threatened to drag Google to Capitol Hill to answer for its political leanings saying "An invite will be on its way".

Google executives and employees can be seen making disparaging comments about President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Democrat McCaskill leads Republican Hawley by 3 points in Missouri Senate race Pence cancels trip to Georgia after Hurricane Florence path changes Trump's school safety commission will not support age limits for gun purchases: report MORE's 2016 election victory in a leaked video recorded shortly after Trump's win.

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In response to the the leak, a Google spokesperson said staff and executives were expressing their personal opinions "in the aftermath of a long and divisive election season".

Google defends Trump election reaction