A video of Google executives speaking at a meeting following the 2016 election has just been leaked, and it reveals a feeling of panic and sadness among employees, as well as a determination to fight the Trump agenda.
The company’s higher ups are seen disparaging Trump supporters, saying they were motivated by hatred, xenophobia, and racism. Essentially, they view those who support the president as having ill will towards others simply because they didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton.
The company’s co-founder Sergey Brin compares people who voted for Trump to “fascists” and “extremists,” and goes on to suggest the company needs to ensure “better quality of governance and decision-making”.
CEO Sundar Pichai says at one point that the company will develop artificial intelligence to combat “low information voters” from sharing what employees call “misinformation.”
While many people said they would move to Canada if Trump had emerged victorious, Google’s VP of People Operations Eileen Naughton offered serious solutions for people wanting to leave the country because “their candidate” lost.
The most insulting part of the whole meeting was how these executives view people who don’t agree with them politically. Rather than accepting that some voters have different issues they care about, the powerful people at Google assumed that Trump voters were just “bored”, and could not possibly had legitimate concerns over things like the economy, illegal immigration, and the (un)Affordable Care Act.
Here is the video in its entirety. Although it’s incredibly funny to watch these people whine and moan, it also gives a lot of insight into how they view Americans who don’t see things exactly the way they do.
Google responded to the leaked video with the following statement:
“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. 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. To the contrary, our products are built for everyone, and we design them with extraordinary care to be a trustworthy source of information for everyone, without regard to political viewpoint.”