Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today, appeared on Glenn Beck’s Wednesday night show on March 4, 2020 to talk about how Big Tech companies can manipulate America’s elections.
And they can pull this off without anyone knowing.
According to Epstein’s research, Google was deliberately changing what people can view on the Internet in order to mold public opinion. Epstein claims that Google’s search algorithm has the power to “shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more — up to 80 percent in some demographic groups — with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated.”
Dr. Epstein conducted one experiment where he was able to change a person’s view of a candidate between 37 percent and 63 percent of the time. The catch is that he was able to do so in just one search session, per The Blaze report.
Search engine manipulation is one of many tools in Big Tech’s toolbox to shift voter opinion. Another way Big Tech tries to influence political decision is through search suggestions that pop up as someone is typing in a search or “ephemeral experiences.” Epstein contends that there are at least eight more ways that Big Tech can subtly change the way Americans vote.
Epstein informed Beck that he’s been working closely with the White House and is of the opinion that the Trump administration will conduct an investigation into how Big Tech companies may be undermining elections.
Big Tech meddling is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Social media has effectively become a “Fifth Estate” and acts an appendage of the Deep State. Gun rights organizations and other groups promoting gun-related content have already been demonetized on social media outlets such as Facebook and YouTube during the last few years.
Policymakers will need to look into reforming some of the government-granted immunities that these companies receive so that there is a level playing field, and also to keep these companies in check.