A Google engineer who spoke out to accuse the company of insisting on his political preference for search and news results was taken on Wednesday evening after pronouncing administrative leave.
Greg Coppola spoke with Veritas project to share his opinion and said that although he respects his manager, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, & # 39 ;, his bias comments are incorrect.
He claims to be based in New York and says he has been working for Google since 2014. On Thursday, he launched a GoFundMe page asking for donations because he was on leave.
& # 39; I have administrative leave from Google and will probably be fired for an interview where I am concerned that big tech is going to vote in elections.
& # 39; If it is collected, I will use this money to publish content on topics in politics and technology for four months & # 39 ;, he said.
In his interview, Coppola said that there was a & # 39; small number & # 39; were people whose jobs were devoted to promoting certain news sites over others and that tends to favor the left and favor CNN and The New York Times.
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Greg Coppola launched a GoFundMe account on Thursday and claimed that he & # 39; probably & # 39; would be fired. He asks for money and says he will use it to publish more about this topic
& # 39; A small number of people ensure that certain new sites are promoted. And I actually think that only a few from an organization of 100,000 are needed, you know, to make sure the product works in a certain way, & he said.
Coppola added: & I think it is ridiculous to say that there is no bias.
& # 39; I think anyone who supports something other than the Democrats, anyone who is pro-Trump or somehow deviates from what CNN and the New York Times are pushing, will notice how bad it is, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I am very concerned to see big tech and big media go together with a political party, with the Democratic party. I know what algorithms are like.
& # 39; We see technology using its power to manipulate people … it's time to decide – do we implement technology or does technology lead us? & # 39;
& # 39; They don't write themselves. We write them to do what we want them to do, & he said.
& # 39; I look at search and I watch Google News and I see what it does and I see Google managers go to Congress and say it has not been manipulated. It is not political. And I'm just so sure it's not true, & he said.
We We see that technology uses its power to manipulate people … it's time to decide – do we implement technology or does technology lead us?
& # 39; Are we just going to let the largest technology companies decide who will win every election from now on? & # 39; he said.
Although he works on Google Assistant – which he insists on having no preference for – he said he just knows & # 39; how the algorithms work.
For the past ten years, he said the company operated on a fairly unbiased basis, but that has recently changed.
& # 39; I started in 2014. 2014 was a great time to be with Google. We have not talked about politics. Nobody spoke about politics.
& # 39; You know, it was just a chance to work with the best computer scientists in the world, the best facilities, the best computers, and free food.
& # 39; I think when the elections started to rise, the corner that Democrats and the media took was that everyone who liked Donald Trump was a racist …
& # 39; And that was picked up everywhere. I mean, every technology company, everybody in New York, everybody in the field of computer science actually believed that.
Coppola said the claims made by CEO Sundar Pichai before the congress that Google is not biased & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; goods
& # 39; I think we had a long ten-year period, let's say, where we had search and social media that had no political preference, and we used the idea that the best Google search results would probably be the answer. & # 39;
He said what was troubling, given the history of the company because he was unprejudiced, was that people were now going to rely on what pushed them to the top of the search results as the most likely commodity.
& # 39; And Robert Epstein, who testified before Congress last week, uhm, looked into it and showed that the vast majority of people think that if something scores higher on Google Search than another story, it would be more important and more correct.
Coppola claims to have started as an engineer for Google in 2014.
& # 39; And you know, we haven't had time to absorb the fact that technology might have an agenda.
& # 39; I mean, it's something we're just talking about now, & # 39; he said.
Coppola's references could not be immediately verified by DailyMail.com.
He claims to have worked as an engineer at Google in 2014.
His LinkedIn page says he previously worked for Business Objects in Vancouver.
He studied in the UK in London and Edinburgh, it says.
In recent months, Google has been intensively researched on its algorithms and how they select what people see.
CEO Sundar Pichai has been interviewed by members of Congress about the company's systems and insisted that despite what critics say, it does not promote left-leaning, democratic news over that of more conservative outlets or only outlets that it does not review.
In December, he meticulously testified to Congress that the algorithms were driven by the popularity of things on the Internet and not by the personal beliefs of engineers or employees.
The company, together with other technical giants, is under a magnifying glass and is confronted with an antitrust investigation that will investigate whether they have too much power.
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