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A video recording of a Google all-hands meeting leaked to Breitbart News shows the atmosphere of panic following Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 US presidential election, and the company’s determination to use its resources to sway public opinion.
A video recording of a Google all-hands meeting that took place immediately following the November 2016 US presidential election has been leaked to Breitbart News and posted on the outlet's website.
In the hour-long meeting, which Breitbart encourages readers to watch in full in order to get "the full context of the meeting and the statements made," Google staff, including co-founder Sergey Brin, express their anxiety and frustration over the arguably unexpected election result.
What's more important, however, is that the staff pledge to use the power in their hands to thwart the efforts of the new administration, which, according to Brin, "conflicts with many of [Google's] values."
In the video, the company's CFO, Ruth Porat, pledges that Google will "use the great strength and resources and reach we have to continue to advance really important values."
Google CEO Sundar Pichai says in the video that the company will develop machine learning and AI to combat what one employee described as "misinformation" and "fake news" shared by "low-information voters."
Earlier in the video, Walker tries to console the staff by saying that "history is on our side" and that the "moral arc of history bends towards progress."
Following the Breitbart report, a Google representative replied to a request for a comment with a statement.
2018.09.13 / 11:45