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Robert Epstein on Google: Do internet titans wield too much power?

Written By | Aug 13, 2019
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The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America by Armand-Dumaresq (c. 1873). Public domain image

CHARLOTTE, NC. Epstein has become the latest name in the omnipresent 21st century feeding frenzy that we used to call journalism. This article, however, focuses on Robert Epstein. Not Jeffery. Dr. Robert Epstein is a prominent and prolific American psychologist, journalist and author. But he’s poised to leap into the public eye, big time. He recently announced that after conducting six years of extensive research, he would publish a report he believes will bring down Google. He published his analysis July 15, and explained the results this way.

“(It’s) the most important article I’ve ever written, currently entitled, ‘Cutting #Google Down to Size.’ (I)t explains how to end Google’s worldwide monopoly on search — the source of Google’s limitless power to control humanity — permanently.”

Robert Epstein vs. the Google machine

Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution in an afternoon session on June 16, this openly liberal critic of Google stated that he is an American with a clear devotion to fair play and honest election practices.

From the moment Donald Trump was declared the winner of the presidency in 2016, the President’s opponents have screamed about rampant foul play. Without any hard prove, they continue to accuse him of speculatively colluding with Russia to influence the outcome of the election.




But now, Robert Epstein suddenly testifies before Congress. In addition, he did so again as a special guest on Fox’s Tucker Carlson Tonight. He presents a powerful argument claiming liberal Tech companies “can shift upwards of 15 million votes with no one knowing they’ve been manipulated, and without leaving a paper trail for authorities to trace.”

Robert Epstein makes a key observation before Congress

In his opening statement before Congress, Epstein said:

 

“In 2016, biased search results generated by Google’s search algorithm likely impacted undecided voters in a way that gave at least 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton (whom I supported). I know this because I preserved more than 13,000 election-related searches conducted by a diverse group of Americans on Google, Bing, and Yahoo in the weeks leading up to the election, and Google search results – which dominate search in the U.S. and worldwide – were significantly biased in favor of Secretary Clinton in all 10 positions on the first page of search results in both blue states and red states.”

If true, it seems curious that, given the amount of media coverage leveled at Trump’s alleged secret dealings with Russia, that this added dimension to the narrative didn’t receive similar exposure in the press.

Free speech: A core belief of America’s Founding Fathers

Aren’t free speech and lack of censorship virtues that our country’s Founding Fathers declared a key part of the democratic principles upon which they built the United States of America?

Certainly, our nation’s Founders could did not anticipate the technological advances in social media nearly 250 years ago. But their firm beliefs regarding certain basic natural freedoms remain every bit as relevant today as the Founders regarded them in 1776.

Something is definitely wrong in the high tech world in which we all live. Even if Robert Epstein’s reseaech findings prove only partially correct, this story needs further investigation before it becomes impossible to defeat.

Inner turmoil at Google

In an article for Breitbart News on Sunday, Allum Bokhari confronted the issue of inner turmoil at Google and some of the other prominent social media businesses. Bakhari writes:

“While opinion is divided on whether Google plans to intervene in the 2020 election, they (former Google employees) all agree that political bias at the company is out of control, with zero tolerance for ideological diversity in internal discussions.”



Bakhari’s premise reinforced by Epstein’s research.

 

“(T)he threats posed by Google, and, to a lesser extent, Facebook, are so serious that I think everyone in the world needs to know about them. I put my own political leanings aside when I report my data and concerns because the problems these companies present eclipse personal politics.

 

“The problem with Google is not that it censors conservatives; the problem is that it has the power to determine what content billions of people worldwide will or not see.

 

“(S)pecifically on the company’s power to suppress content the censorship problem, if you will – as well as on the massive surveillance the company conducts, and also on the company’s unprecedented ability to manipulate the thoughts and behavior of more than 2.5 billion people worldwide.”

Perhaps Dr Epstein is just another “Chicken Little.” But he is currently busy  raising funds to build a large scale monitoring system “to keep an eye on these companies and to catch them in the act, literally catch them when they are manipulating votes and opinions.”

“(I)n my opinion,” Epstein told Tucker Carlson, “that’s the only way we can stop them. There are no laws in place that can stop them at the moment.”

To access Epstein’s research and scientific research and election monitoring check out this link.

Through two novels, darkly

If Jefferson, Franklin and Adams could not have foreseen the internet, George Orwell had Nostradamus-like intuition in 1949. That year, of course, he published Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (1967) posessed similar insights. While the two novels’ timing might seem slightly skewed, this might prove a poor time in human history to Shrug Google.

— Headline image: The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America by Armand-Dumaresq (c. 1873). Public domain image.

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.