By Tim Brown
A trailer for a new documentary titled “The Creepy Line” came across my email. After discovering the documentary is already out on Amazon and if you have a Prime membership, it is included for free, I thought I would share this valuable resource with readers.
An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it.
The Creepy Line is a title taken from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”
However, as Dr. Robert Epstein explains in the film, “Google crosses the creepy line every day.”
Containing interviews with Jordan B. Peterson, Peter Schweizer, and others, The Creepy Line offers an explosive look at the meddling and intervening done by Google and Facebook on their supposedly “neutral platforms.”
The Creepy Line takes the conversation about data privacy and control further than ever before by examining what Google and Facebook do once they control a user’s data. Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line examines what is at risk when these two tech titans have free reign to utilize the public’s most private and personal data.
Take a look at the trailer.
Not only does Google and Facebook influence what we might purchase via advertising, but they seek to influence how we think and even vote.
The film by M.A. Taylor and Peter Schweizer, which premiered Sept. 17 in New York and Sept. 19 in Washington, coincided with President Donald Trump’s executive order tasking federal agencies with examining online platforms for bias and antitrust issues.
Taylor is passionate about the freedom to vote without manipulation.
“I believe there’s one day in America where we all get to be equal: billionaires, and businessmen, and baristas, and that’s Election Day,” he told The Epoch Times. “We all get one vote … so that day needs to be protected. At all costs.”
Back in April, I reported on manipulation of search engine results and other means of manipulating data that is censored while other information is pushed.
However, a new report is out that shows that Google’s search manipulations could swing nearly eighty percent of undecided voters.
The report was written by Robert Epstein, Roger Mohr, Jr., and Jeremy Martinez of the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology.
According to the report,
A series of randomized, controlled experiments was conducted to quantify the power that search suggestions (sometimes called autocomplete suggestions) have to shift opinions and voting preferences.
The investigation suggests that (a) a search engine has the power to manipulate people’s searches from the very first character people type into the search bar, (b) negative (“low valence”) search terms can attract 10-to-15 times as many clicks as neutral or positive terms can (an example of “negativity bias”), which means that a simple yet powerful way for a search engine company to manipulate elections is to suppress negative search suggestions for the candidate it supports, while allowing one or more negative search suggestions to appear for the opposing candidate (the“differential suppression of negative search suggestions”), (c) the optimal number of search suggestions for manipulating opinions is four, which was the default number of search suggestions Google showed people on laptop and desktop computers from 2010 until October 2017, (d) the higher a suggestion appears in alist of search suggestions, the more impact it has on search, and (e) overall, manipulating search suggestions can shift a 50/50 split among people who are undecided on an issue to a 90/10 split without people’s awareness and without leaving a paper trail for authorities to follow.
We call the power that search suggestions have to affect opinions the Search Suggestion Effect (SSE).
So, what did they discover?
In a series of controlled experiments reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in 2015, Epstein and Robertson demonstrated the power that search results have to shift people’s opinions and voting preferences without their knowledge – up to 80 percent in some demographic groups. They labeled this phenomenon the “Search Engine Manipulation Effect” (SEME) (http://bit.ly/1REqzEY). That report has since been downloaded more than 94,000 times from PNAS’s website (http://bit.ly/2BCEFTW).
The report demonstrates that by Google simply adding a positive or negative search suggestion regarding a particular candidate that it will affect the search results greatly, influencing potential voters.
The voting preferences of participants who saw no search suggestions shifted toward the favored candidate by 37.1%. The voting preferences of participants in the search suggestion groups who saw only positive search suggestions shifted similarly (35.6%). However, the voting preferences of participants who saw three positive search suggestions and one negative search suggestion barely shifted (1.8%); this occurred because the negative search suggestion attracted more than 40% of the clicks (negativity bias). In other words, a single negative search suggestion can impact opinions dramatically. Participants who were shown four negative suggestions (and no positives) shifted away from the candidate shown in the search bar (-43.4%).
To demonstrate how this looks to the end user, take a look at these search suggestions provided by Google for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The first came from October 2017 for the letters typed “trum,” and for the results for “Hillary Clinton is” are from August 2016. Note the difference between the search engine results of Google, Bing and Yahoo on the Clinton search!
Influencing politics in this manner is far more devious and sinister than any Russian influence simply because Google is a US-based company that was funded by the Central Intelligence Agency. This can only be considered a sort of propaganda against the people of the united States.
Epstein also conducted a similar report in 2015 and wrote about it at Politico, demonstrating that virtually nothing has changed since that time.
Of course, if you can’t manipulate people to your candidate by search results and silencing opposition on social media platforms, there’s always the good old manipulating the electronic voting machines.
In a response to that report by Epstein, The Epoch Times reports that Google said, “it didn’t seek to manipulate political sentiment, or make ranking tweaks’ to search results.”
Of course, Epstein is like so many who don’t think there is a conspiracy going on and Google is actively changing their ranks, but he says, “They have the power.”
“I don’t think they should have the power. … Wherever that statistical bias came from, it shifts opinions, it shifts votes, it changes decisions, it affects beliefs, it affects attitudes,” Epstein said. “Who cares—in a way—where it came from. You can’t allow that to happen, at least not with elections.”
If you’re looking for election meddling and influence, look no further to Silicon Valley and big tech giants like Facebook and Google, not Russia.
Republished with permission Freedom Outpost