Pichai Repeatedly Denies Google Attempts to Turn Out Latino Voters in Key States

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
By Paul Martin

11 Dec 2018

Google CEO Sundar Pichai repeatedly denied that the platforms used features and donations to turn out Latino voters in “key states” in 2016, despite the existence of leaked emails from its head of multicultural marketing claiming the contrary.

Pichai, who was testifying under oath before the House Judiciary Committee, repeatedly told Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) that the detailed description of voter turnout efforts in the leaked emails was not correct.

Rep. Jordan highlighted two lines from the emails, in which Google’s head of multicultural marketing, Eliana Murillo, described Google’s get-out-the-vote efforts.

“We pushed to get out the Latino vote with our features in key states.”

“We supported partners like Voto Latino to pay for rides to the polls in key states.”

Pichai says “we are very concerned whenever there are allegations like that –” but Jordan interrupted and directed him to answer the question, whether “we” in both of Murillo’s sentences refers to the company Google.

Extraordinarily – particularly given that he was under oath – the Google CEO denied it.

“As Google we wouldn’t participate in any partisan efforts around any civic process, so I don’t think so.”

The statement is significant for two reasons – firstly because the statement is clearly false. Murillo’s email, which Breitbart News published in full earlier this year, clearly refers to efforts by Google to boost Latino turnout in key states.

Secondly, Pichai concedes that such activities would be a “partisan” activity. So, once it can be shown that Murillo wasn’t lying, Pichai has no way to claim that the get-out-the-vote efforts were non-partisan.

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