Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump threatens to watch Google "very closely" in new tweetstorm

Trump threatens to watch Google

In the thread, Trump claimed that Google chief executive Sundar Pichai had visited the White House to tell the president "what a great job" he was doing and to assure him that Google was not anti-conservative.

The engineer Trump referenced, Kevin Cernekee, recently appeared on Fox. "All very illegal. We are watching Google very closely!" the last of three tweets read. Piling on top of United States lawmakers initiating anti-trust hearings, inquiries, and legislation against the Big Five, Trump on Tuesday warned "we are watching Google very closely", while endorsing right-wing conspiracy theories that the tech major was attempting to thwart him from getting a second term in the White House.

Trump's tweets were apparently prompted by a segment that aired Monday night on "Lou Dobbs Tonight".

"[Far-right journalist Peter Schweizer] stated with certainty that [Google] suppressed negative stories on Hillary Clinton, and boosted negative stories on Donald Ttump [sic]".

While there is little proof to support the conspiratorial claim - and Google has denied it - former employee Kevin Cernekee has alleged in a series of Fox News interviews that, during his timve as an engineer there, he witnessed lots of casual anti-Trump rhetoric within the staff and claimed that they want to "make sure Trump loses in 2020".

"They thought Trump should have lost in 2016", he added.

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US President Donald Trump and the American political establishment are aiming MAGA-F, an acronym for the five famed technological companies Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook.

"It all sounded good", he tweeted, "until I watched Kevin Cernekee, a Google engineer, say bad things about what they did in 2016 and that they want to "Make sure Trump losses in 2020".

The president referred to a meeting he had with Pichai, who defended his company against accusations of bias and censorship.

The attacks also come at a time that the Trump Administration's Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have begun antitrust investigations looking into whether Big Tech companies like Google have too much power.

"The statements made by this disgruntled former employee are absolutely false", a Google representative said on Tuesday morning.

In response, Google rejected its former employee's claim and defended its decision to fire Cernekee, asserting that Cernekee had violated company policies, including using a personal device to download internal confidential Google documents.

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