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Google Influenced Midterm Elections, May Have Cost Republicans Seats: Study

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New research reveals that Google built biases into its search results that influenced the 2018 midterm elections – possibly costing Republicans three congressional districts.

First things first – the study was conducted by Dr. Robert Epstein – a San Diego-based Harvard Ph.D. who founded the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. He’s also a Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (AIBRT), a UCSD visiting scholar, and served as editor-in-chief of Psychology Today. 

He also supported Hillary Clinton in 2016 (just like Google!).

Down to the findings: 

Epstein and AIBRT analyzed Google searches linked to three highly competitive southern California congressional races in which Democrats won, and found that Google’s “clear democrat bias” may have flipped the seats away from Republican candidates. According to the study, at least 35,455 undecided voters within the three California districts may have been persuaded to vote Democrat due to the biased Google search results.

Epstein says that in the days leading up to the 2018 midterms, he was able to preserve “more than 47,000 election-related searches on Google, Bing, and Yahoo, along with the nearly 400,000 web pages to which the search results linked.”

Analysis of this data showed a clear pro-Democrat bias in election-related Google search results as compared to competing search engines. Users performing Google searches related to the three congressional races the study focused on were significantly more likely to see pro-Democrat stories and links at the top of their results.

As Epstein’s previous studies have shown, this can have a huge impact on the decisions of undecided voters, who often assume that their search results are unbiased. Epstein has called this the Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME). –Breitbart

Google executives and Democrats have disputed Epstein’s findings, apparently unaware that we can simply google documented instances of the Silicon Valley search giant’s overt bias surrounding elections, their ability to influence them, and their other efforts to hobble conservatives.

“These are new forms of manipulation people can’t see,” said Epstein, who added that technology “can have an enormous impact on voters who are undecided. … People have no awareness the influence is being exerted.”

Reporting extensively on the work of Epstein is Breitbart News‘ senior tech reporter, Allum Bokhari, who notes that the latest findings “are based on modest assumptions, such as the assumption that voters conduct one election-related search per week.” In other words, the bias could be much more pronounced in reality.

via zerohedge

35 COMMENTS

    • anything to do woth democrats is 100% corrupt and fraudulentwhen will america wake up.they can only win by lying and cheating.all democrat seats were stolen with voter fraud by illegals,dead people,cartoon characters and jail inmates.yet no one ever does anything to punish them,and they know this.thats why they dont care.

  1. What really cost the republicans most seats is the do nothing party itself. Starting in my time with Kennedy being elected to today they just let the democrats steal election after election. The one that really hurt this country the most was when Johnson was elected to the senate by votes from the grave. All the republicans said was they didn’t want to raise a stink so just let him have to seat. Look at the damage done to this nation by just this one seat and then add all the others since then. Most states are blue or turning blue and the major reason is the do nothing republican party itself as the voters are doing their part but not the party itself.

    • Right on! In truth the right has NO representation in congress. All BS and no show, must be afraid of being knocked off the public trough. Very few are more than pathetic representatives of those that voted them in.

    • One of the more than successfully achieved 45 goals within the cunning COMMUNIST TAKEOVER OF AMERICA publicly revealed on January 10,1963 after decades of advancement is: “CAPTURE ONE OR BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES IN THE UNITED STATES.” Bingo!

  2. I looked up searches for both sides of the climate change debate and I could only find websites that did not dispute climate change. I even narrowed my search down to anti-climate change websites and the results were still very biased. Google is run by a bunch of lying, left-leaning idiots!!

  3. The Dems will cheat in 2020 too. They do it with the illegals also. Why do you think we are being bombarded with mass illegals at our borders? Who is sending them? They found over 93 thousand illegals voted in Nov. 2018. So, the Demo’s have to cheat to get votes. The Tech companies, the illegals [why can’t they be stopped from voting, should be so easy] so the Republicans don’t have a chance in 2020! The new United States of Socialism! Scary!

  4. If this is actually true then they should be charged with conspiracy and election tampering. The officers of the company should be prosecuted and fined. The company itself should be fined an amount that truly hurts the company. Anything less is complicit approval for businesses in this country to control government.

  5. How proud would a person have to be to be a Democrat? They find it necessary to import illegal votes, thus their demand for open borders, and lower the voting age to 16! I taught high school for years and believe me most CHILDREN that young don’t know squat about reality of any kind much less politics! The Left is obscuring the fact that they have no idea how to govern by using Trump collusion delusion as a cover up. They are corrupt cheaters in every regard who do their level best to project their underhanded behavior on anyone who gets in the way of doing Satan’s work. They truly are lost souls!

  6. If ever regulations were needed, it is now, on those “on line” giants which are providing information to the people which is SUPPOSED to be unbiased but which are deliberately designed to provide positive information for their political position and unfavorable information for those they do not agree with. Since they have so much power, they need to, either publish a statement, with every search, that they have this built in bias or have a genuinely bias free search analog.

  7. Florida has turned BLUE , the Democrats pushed the voters to forgive Felons and give them their right to vote. That is a 1.5 million democrat voting block, and if you think it’s about forgiving a crime, you are dead wrong. It’s about manipulating the masses for Socialist agenda’s.

    • You obviously don’t know that the new governor of FL is a republican – where were you during the last election??? Wake up buddy!!!

  8. How sad that people based their choices on what google or fb says. I read them all, but then went out and talked to people, listened to others, made my decision based on what I found out, NOT WHAT SOMEONE ELSE TOLD ME TO DO. Wake up people.

  9. “Google Influenced Midterm Elections, May Have Cost Republicans Seats: Study”

    Key phrase — ” MAU JAVE”

    Absolute opinion with NO proof offered. Try again!

  10. Bezos, best get rid of that compnny full of Liberal garbage.
    There are a lot of people out here completely out of patience with you and think that a a couple of hundred 155 MM rockets will resolve the problem,

  11. A rather obvious possibility is that there were simply more positive messages posted about Democrats than there were about Republicans, and therefore more positive messages showed up in the search results. No conspiracy theories required.

  12. These dumbasses in Facebook Or Google or anything else.obviously do not know what they’re getting themselves into. Changing the country into communism. Do you really think they’re going to be in business when that happens?

  13. Justice Watch has been examining the 2016 election and they’ve found that 1.2 million illegal aliens voted for Hillary Clinton in California, Texas and Pennsylvania. If that many in just those 3 states, how many illegals voted en total throughout the country? Also in the city of Los Angeles alone over 10,000 dead people voted for Hillary in 2016. Los Angles has since been forced to remove the dead from their voting rolls. And I remember during the time of the election reading how a few individuals were going around to the homeless on the streets of L.A. and giving them cigarettes and some small amounts of money for their signatures on the democratic voting papers.

  14. There is around 8 or more US Representative District’s through-out The Whole USA Including in Georgia, Florida, New York And Massachusetts and more also, all because of those Illegal Immigrant-Aliens or Undocumented Immigrants, who are still using The USA’s Southern Border Like It Is A Old Fashioned Department Stores Unsecured Revolving Front And Back Doors, which According To The US Constitution and The Still Needing Improved 1997 US Immigration And Naturalization Act IS ILLEGAL! The PLCSD Party and there Johnny Come Lately Never Trumpster Left Leaning Traitorous Non-Conservative Republicans, of the likes of Mr. Flake and Mr. McCain!!

  15. Google Influenced Midterm Elections, May Have Cost Republicans Seats
    ———
    george soros & liberal google helped influence US Midterm Election

    through many different cunning actions

    you see the demoncrats & medias have given cunning means to the word “INFLUENCE”:

    (1) Political behavioral studies

    (2) “clear democrat competitive bias”

    (3) hobble conservatives

    (3) ballot harvesting

    (4) demoncratically overturning voter ballots:
    when a political candidate challenger personal visits US voters at their personal residence, to pick voters voting ballots to bring their ballots

    to a voting location and change their votes towards their political benefit, to win their US Elected position

    and to illegally vote electronically for other US voter(s), thus illegally influencing our US Election

    this is the TRUMPing Truth!!!

  16. As a private entity, you have NO right to try to take the freedoms that we have fought for and still do fight for…It you do that it is called “bullying” which is against the law.Does it surprise me that you did so, NO, since left leaning entities or people are very seldom if ever transparent………..
    But now where that has been aired, I doubt very much that you will win…..

  17. I am Linux community and hate Microsoft windows OS which is closely tied to Google. When a pure Linux Ubuntu is out of Beta development stage I will happily get one to dump Android OS.

  18. Well, I guess they figured they had to win by being one sided. They don’t care about fair any longer. It’s quite pathetic.

  19. If only there was more evidence than this article and. Breitbart
    See if National Review will back you
    Then it will be credible.

  20. No surprise here…
    Google supports and promotes liberal progressive democrat socialist agendas.
    Liberal progressive democrat socialists will do anything to promote their agendas – the end justifies their means which usually includes lying, cheating, stealing, breaking laws…
    Liberal progressive democrat socialists are above all laws.

  21. It was not because there were more posts favorable to democrats. READ THE ARTICLE! Two other search engines did not skew the results. Only google search did. Don’t use any search engine provided by mega-monopolies. Use Duck Duck Go search or DDG browser and not only get unbissed search results but much less tracking and selling of your data.

    The only way to break the political control of these monopolies is to boycott them!

    There are alternatives to FB, youtube, google and their affiliates. We just have to USE them!

  22. The only thing that helped to cost Republican seats in the House is Republicans and their agenda. The American people are tired of representatives and senators who prefer to go around the Constitution rather than adhere to it. The Republicans don’t like checks and balances. You know what I mean; that little thing called ‘democracy’.

  23. This is interference with the Election process and collusion with Democrats. Google executives should be immediately charged for influencing and tampering with an election.

  24. I 1000% AGREE, THE DUMOS HAVE BECOME THE MOST VISCIOUS BEINGS BECAUSE THEY LOSTED A SUPPOSED FIX ELECTION BY KILLERY CLINTON !! POTUS TRUMP OUTWORKED HER ELITIST LAZY ASS!!

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