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The Truth About Google's Anti-Conservative Bias (Guest: Julian Sanchez)

September 4, 2018

Are the allegations of anti-conservative search result manipulations levied against Google warranted? Find out in today’s episode of The Heartland Daily Podcast!

People continue to worry about perceived abuse and political bias at Google and other successful technology companies, but is this a real concern or just a popular, passing panic? On this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Cato Institute Senior Fellow Julian Sanchez says there are many issues wrapped up in the general discussion about Google and Big Tech, including antitrust, privacy and free-speech concerns.

After an online blogger claimed Google search results unfairly portray President Donald Trump, many individuals have made calls for government action against Google. White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow has told reporters the administration is considering enacting regulations over Google searches, and Trump's former campaign adviser, Steve Bannon, has suggested nationalizing "Big Tech" companies by seizing their data and empowering the government to operate those companies.

Sanchez says nationalizing Google would be an extremely bad idea, and that it is not even clear that Google is actually "rigging" anything against people with conservative points of view. Such a campaign would be infeasible to do by hand, Sanchez says, noting it's more likely that people are misunderstanding how Google Search results work. Sanchez cautions against empowering the government to tell private businesses how to run their companies, pointing out the anti-Google campaign's similarities to the Federal Communication Commission's failed speech-regulation campaign known as the "Fairness Doctrine," correctly opposed by conservatives in the past.
Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute. @JesseinOH