Emails obtained by Breitbart News showcase a Google software engineer referred to U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn as a “violent thug” and a “terrorist” in a string of communications that began on June 19.
Lemoine reportedly said that Blackburn was lying to the public and accused her of “causing the deaths of people she claimed to protect,” referring to her work on the anti-trafficking bills FOSTA and SESTA.
Another Google employee, a site reliability engineer, said Blackburn’s op-ed was “hilarious,” adding that Republicans are becoming “tribalists focused on stirring up outrage to maintain power.”
“We certainly shouldn’t acquiesce to the theatrical demands of a legislator who makes political hay by intentionally reducing the safety of the people who she claims to protect,” said Lemoine. “I’m not big on negotiation with terrorists.”
When another Google employee took issue with Lemoine using of the word “terrorist,” he allegedly said he would be “willing to go with ‘thug’ as a compromise.”
The senior engineer added that Blackburn “passed a bill that killed people and is trying to use her passage of that bill to intimidate people. It’s clear to me that ‘do what I say or I’ll pass more bills like this one’ is the implicit message.”
The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act target websites that knowingly assist, support or facilitate sex trafficking. Apparently, Lemoine did not elaborate as to how these bills killed people.
However, he did seem to support censorship on social media. He allegedly defended tech giant Twitter’s decision to reject one of the Tennessee representative’s pro-life campaign ads, and even went as far as to say that their decision to not air the ad was not censorship.
In the ad in question, Blackburn discussed her anti-abortion position along with the fact that she stopped “the sale of baby body parts” with her opposition to fetal-tissue research and Planned Parenthood. Twitter initially rejected the ad because of inflammatory language, but later reversed its decision.
“Taking down libel is not censorship,” Lemoine said about the incident.
He went on to say that he thought Twitter rejected the ad because it was a lie.
“In summary: she’s a lying liar who lies and Twitter treats her like one,” he reportedly said.
When Breitbart reached out to the Google for a response, they were referred to an open letter written to employees by Google CEO Sundar Pichai that declared the company does not bias its products to favor any political agenda.
Yet independent research conducted two years ago indicated that Google search results favored Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.
Robert Epstein, co-founder of a behavioral research institute in California, conducted a study where he discovered that searches related to the presidential election were more likely to produce results offering a favorable impression of former failed Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton than ones favoring to then-Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Of course, the question many people are asking is where such bias comes from.
Lemoine is certainly entitled to his opinion. What is troubling about his remarks is that fact that as a senior engineer at Google, he could make extremely biased decisions at the company. Decisions that could ultimately help skew what information people see — or if they see it at all.
Marsha Blackburn’s campaign spokesman, Abbi Sigler, called the emails despicable, adding that they are typical of the bias conservative women face on a daily basis.
It’s no secret to most people that some social media platforms target conservatives and attempt to ban or bury their messages and content. Twitter, Facebook and Google have all faced scrutiny as left-leaning companies that do not appear to support freedom of expression when that expression is at odds with their own political viewpoint.
The bias is nothing new, but it sure is a sad commentary of the toxic nature of today’s political climate.