I often hear rumors and theories that Google has coded its political preference for the search ranking algorithm. Much of the debate that is going on before the US elections is whether Google does that. Well, a more than 13-year-old Google search engineer named Ryan Moulton said that if he ever saw evidence of this, he would resign.
He even added that he was personally "aware of everything that determines how web pages are ranked." "If I ever came across a system that was designed to change results for political reasons, I would resign," he wrote in a Hacker News thread.
The thread is related to a NY Times story called Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic presidential candidate, sues Google for $ 50 million. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Google violated her free speech when it interrupted her advertising account for her campaign for six hours after the democratic presidential debate on June 28.
Now Ryan is not working on advertisements, but he is working on core searches. When someone in the thread wrote: "How hard is that to believe? We know for sure that Google does political censorship." Ryan from Google replied:
I work at Google on the ranking of search algorithms. I am aware of everything that determines how web pages are ranked. If I ever encountered a system designed to change the results for political reasons, I would resign.
If you see my Monday vlog with Rand section, which appears next Monday, the 29th, you will hear part of our conversation on this topic. It is very nice to see a Googler who has been with the company for so long, say something similar. Of course not everyone would believe him – but hey.
He even said he is "aware of everything that determines how web pages are ranked" – pretty cool.
Forum discussion on Hacker News.