DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Google, one of the most popular search engines in the world, has a fact-check feature. But the algorithm only scrutinizes conservative sites, and inaccurately marks some true stories as fake.
When a user searches for a conservative-leaning news site like Daily Caller, a sidebar appears on the right-hand side with a section called "reviewed claims." This interface shows whether stories posted on the news site in question have been rebutted by other outlets — even if the rebuttal is wildly inaccurate.
For instance, a Daily Caller article in June 2017 reported that Robert Mueller hired at least two individuals with ties to Hillary Clinton to work on the Trump investigation. But the third-party fact-checkers hired out by Google falsely mischaracterize the report as stating, "The people that have been hired are all Hillary Clinton supporters." It then shared an article from Snopes debunking this claim — a claim that no one was making.
This type of misrepresentation is common for the "reviewed claims" feature.
Another Daily Caller article reported on how one scientist believed his colleagues are exaggerating the threat of ocean acidification. But the fact-checkers working for Google misrepresented the story as claiming, "Marine life has nothing whatsoever to fear from ocean acidification" and showed how that exaggerated notion is false.
Tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter have often been accused of leftist bias.
On Thursday, an undercover video from Project Veritas showed current and former Twitter employees chatting about how they like to "shadow ban" conservatives' Twitter accounts. "Shadow banning" means manipulating algorithms to make someone's posts on social media less likely to be seen in followers' feeds.
In a statement to FOX News, a Twitter spokesperson responded to the video, "We deplore the deceptive and underhanded tactics by which this footage was obtained and selectively edited to fit a pre-determined narrative."
Last year, Twitter blocked pro-life group Live Action from putting up paid Twitter advertisements. Eventually, in September 2017, Live Action publicized a complaint letter, originally sent in private to Twitter's management. Live Action president Lila Rose told the Washington Post at the time, "This wasn't about one issue with one aspect with one ad. This was about the entirety of our message, from ultrasound images of life in the womb to criticism of abortion facilities."
In August 2017, Twitter and Facebook both financially backed a pro-abortion event protesting Human Coalition, a pro-life group known for its crisis pregnancy centers. At the time, abortion supporters were deriding pro-life crisis pregnancy centers as "fake abortion clinics."
On Monday, ex-Google employee James Damore filed a discrimination lawsuit against his former employer. Google had fired Damore in August 2017 for penning an internal memo which challenged the company's left-of-center bias.