No, not the alleged pedophile. There was another Epstein in the news recently – a Prof. Robert Epstein – and he very well may have ended his career as a behavioral scientist by telling the truth a little too bluntly.
Professor Epstein testified that, based on his research, Google shifted a minimum of 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election through search manipulations. He stated that as a public Hillary supporter.
Here is Senator Ted Cruz questioning Prof. Epstein:
Here is some partial dialogue, transcribed by myself, with some gaps and not guaranteed error-free:
SEN. CRUZ: You’re not a Republican, nor are you a conservative. Is that accurate?
PROF. EPSTEIN: That would be an understatement.
SEN. CRUZ: …You’re a respected academic. You testified before this committee that Google’s manipulation of votes gave at least 2.6 million additional votes to Hillary Clinton in the year 2016. Is that correct?
PROF. EPSTEIN: That is correct.
SEN. CRUZ: …You personally supported and voted for Hillary Clinton.
PROF. EPSTEIN: I was a very strong, public supporter of Hillary Clinton, yes.
SEN. CRUZ: So, you’re not dismayed that people voted for her, but your testimony is that Google is, through bias and search results, manipulating voters in a way they’re not aware of.
PROF. EPSTEIN: On a massive scale, and what I’m saying is that I believe in democracy, I believe in free and fair election, more than I have any kind of allegiance to a candidate or a party.
SEN. CRUZ: And looking forward, if I understood your testimony correctly, you said that in subsequent elections Google and Facebook and Twitter and Big Tech’s manipulation could manipulate as many as 15 million votes in a subsequent election?
PROF. EPSTEIN: In 2020, if all these companies are supporting the same candidate, there are 15 million votes on the line that can be shifted without people’s knowledge and without leaving a paper trail for authorities to trace… And in 2020, you can BET that all of these companies are going to go ALL OUT, and the methods they’re using are INVISIBLE, they’re subliminal, they’re more powerful than most any effects I’ve ever seen in the behavioral sciences, and I’ve been in the behavioral sciences for almost forty years.
SEN. CRUZ: …and your testimony is that by their [Google’s] deceptive search methods that they moved 2.6 million votes in her direction. I would think anybody, whether or not you favor one candidate or another, should be deeply dismayed about a handful of Silicon Valley billionaires having that much power over our elections, to silently and deceptively shift votes…
PROF. EPSTEIN: Again, with respect, I must correct you – the 2.6 million is a rock-bottom minimum. The range is between 2.6 and 10.4 million, depending on how aggressively they used the techniques I’ve been studying now for 6 and a half years…. such as the search engine manipulation effect, the search suggestion effect, the answer bot effect and a number of others. They control these and no one can counteract them. These are not competitive. These are tools they have in their disposal exclusively.
I’m skeptical of the 2.6-10.4 million vote claim, but I have not seen the evidence. It certainly means more that an individual, invested in a Hillary victory, is calling out bad behavior benefitting her. There is one reasonable conclusion from this:
Google delenda est.