A video featuring several of Google’s senior executives like Larry Page and Brin, VPs Kent Walker and Eileen Naughton, CFO Ruth Porat, and CEO Sundar Pichai having a large staff meeting after the 2016 election to consider about President Donald Trump’s victory.
The video was published Wednesday by Breitbart in which Google’s executives discussed what inspired people to vote for Trump, as well as the role the company can play in informing people about the election.
Executives also seem to talk about the ways to defend what they called good values.
“We have no idea what direction this country will take… It’s a period of great uncertainty… especially for immigrants or minorities [and] women,” co-founder Sergey Brin told Google employees. “As an immigrant and a refugee, I certainly find this election deeply offensive, and I know many of you do too.”
One of the executive, Porat, became emotional when discussing election’s results and promised employees that the company will “use the great strength and resources and reach we have to continue to advance really important values.”
One of the employers asked Google what to do when faced with “misinformation” and “fake news,” to which Pichai said that “investments in machine learning and AI” are a “big opportunity” to remedy that problem. Walker mirrored much of his colleagues’ position.
Walker informed one of the audience members at the so-called TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) meeting that Google is obliged to guarantee the Trump-era does not end in “a world war or something catastrophic … and instead is a blip, a hiccup.”
After the video was made public, Google released a statement in which highlighted the distinction between the personal views of its employees and the products they create.
“At a regularly scheduled all-hands meeting, some Google employees and executives expressed their own personal views in the aftermath of a long and divisive election season,” the company said in a statement.
“For over 20 years, everyone at Google has been able to freely express their opinions at these meetings. Nothing was said at that meeting, or any other meeting, to suggest that any political bias ever influences the way we build or operate our products,” it added.
The video emerged a week after Trump blamed social media companies for meddling in the 2016 presidential election and this year’s midterms.
“I think they already have,” Trump told The Daily Caller in an exclusive Sept. 5 interview, responding to questions about whether Google and Facebook are interfering in elections. “I mean the true interference in the last election was that … if you look at all, virtually all, of those companies are super liberal companies in favor of Hillary Clinton.”
“Maybe I did a better job because I’m good with the Twitter and I’m good at social media, but the truth is they were all on Hillary Clinton’s side, and if you look at what was going on with Facebook and with Google and all of it, they were very much on her side,” Trump added.