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Google has interfered 41 times in US elections: Report

The Google logo at Alphabet's Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California. (Dreamstime/TNS)
March 18, 2024

A new study released by the Media Research Center claims that Google has “interfered” with important U.S. elections 41 times over the past 16 years by aiding certain Democrats and censoring Republicans and other Democrats.

The newly released report by the media watchdog group claims that Google has “utilized its power to help push to electoral victory the most liberal candidates…while targeting their opponents for censorship.”

“MRC researchers have found 41 times where Google interfered in elections over the last 16 years, and its impact has surged dramatically, making it evermore harmful to democracy,” Media Research Center Free Speech America Vice President Dan Schneider and editor Gabriela Pariseau stated. “In every case, Google harmed the candidates – regardless of party – who threatened its left-wing candidate of choice.”

According to The New York Post, Google has denied the Media Research Center’s allegations. However, in a post on social media, Tesla CEO and X owner, Elon Musk, claimed that the Media Research Center’s report actually “understates the magnitude of the problem.”

“Google interferes to help Democrats thousands of times every election season,” Musk added. “This is to be expected when their censorship (aka ‘Trust & Safety’) teams are have far left political views.”

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The Media Research Center claimed that Google aided former President Barack Obama’s campaign and “targeted support for Hillary Clinton for censorship” in 2008 by “suspending the accounts of writers who wrote blogs critical of Obama during his primary race against Clinton.”

According to the report, Google “favored Obama over Mitt Romney” in 2012 and refused to fix a “Google bomb” that “smeared” the leading GOP primary candidate, Rick Santorum. The report also cited Dr. Robert Epstein’s testimony to Congress, which claimed that Google’s search algorithm “shifted at least 2.5 million votes to Clinton” during her race against former President Donald Trump.

The Media Research Center claimed that Google “targeted” former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) in 2020 by “disabling Gabbard’s Ads account just as she became the most searched candidate following the first Democratic Party primary debate.” The organization also accused Google of having “suppressed news sources critical of Biden.”

“Utilizing the many tools in its arsenal, Google aided those who most closely aligned with its leftist values from election cycle to election cycle since as far back as the 2008 presidential election,” Schneider and Pariseau said. “Meanwhile, it targeted for censorship those candidates who posed the most serious threat.”

In response to the Media Research Center’s report, a Google spokesperson denied the accuracy of the report, telling The New York Post, “There is absolutely nothing new here — just a recycled list of baseless, inaccurate complaints that have been debunked by third parties and many that failed in the courts.”