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Researcher Strikes Back in Epic Twitter Storm After Hillary Clinton Says Google Research Had Been “Debunked”

AUGUST 22, 2019

By Sean Walton

Renowned psychologist Robert Epstein blew the lid off Big Tech’s censorship and voter manipulation during his July Senate testimony, and now he’s shifting focus to the woman who gained the most from the scam in 2016.

Dr. Robert Epstein@DrREpstein

.@HillaryClinton, whom I have strongly supported for many years, told blatant lies about me today. As a result, I have been subjected to widespread condemnation by mainstream media. I’m going to fight this. Stay tuned tomorrow for my first-ever twitter storm.

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The dust-up follows Epstein’s recent testimony in the Senate regarding years of research into a variety of ways Google, Facebook and other tech companies record information about users to manipulate their behavior and cash in on the data.
Trump highlighted the research that showed Google shifted millions of voters for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and the company is now working to create a much bigger impact on the 2020 election. And Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, responded with a tweet linking to the research that Trump was referring to in his tweet.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch

Tom Fitton

@TomFitton

Here is analysis/testimony on @Google‘s impact on our elections to which President @RealDonaldTrump is referencing, and which Hillary Clinton and this era’s totalitarian left are now trying to suppress. Read and RT. @drrepstein https://aeon.co/essays/how-the-internet-flips-elections-and-alters-our-thoughts https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Epstein%20Testimony.pdf 

How the internet flips elections and alters our thoughts – Robert Epstein | Aeon Essays

The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do

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Hillary Clinton also responded to Trump’s tweet calling it a “debunked study”.

Hillary Clinton

@HillaryClinton

The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1163478770587721729 

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch

Epstein, former editor of Psychology Today and acclaimed psychologist who founded the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, testified in a subcommittee for the Senate Judiciary Committee in July about years of data and research that shows Big Tech companies including Google and Facebook are manipulating voters in favor of Democrats.

Epstein described himself as a “very strong public supporter of Hillary Clinton,” but he said the influence of Google, Facebook, Twitter and other sites threatens American Democracy.

“So you’re not dismayed that people voted for (Clinton), your testimony is that Google is through bias in search results manipulating voters in a way that they’re not aware of?” Sen. Ted Cruz questioned at the senate hearing.

“On a massive scale,” Epstein said, “and what I’m saying is that I believe in Democracy, I believe in the free and fair election, more than I have any kind of allegiance to a candidate or a party.”

Epstein detailed some of the many ways – from total control over search results and quick-answer results, to voting reminders and other tactics – that Big Tech swayed “a rock bottom minimum” of 2.6 million to as many as 10.4 million votes to Clinton in 2016.

In his promised “twitter storm” Dr. Epstein first called out President Trump on three points:

point #1: I’ve never said that #Google deliberately “manipulated” the 2016 election, but I measured substantial pro-#Hillary bias in #Google’s search results by preserving & analyzing 13,207 election-related searches & the 98,044 web pages linked to those searches.

point #2: The level of pro-#Hillary bias I found in #Google’s search results – absent on #Bing & #Yahoo – was enough to convince between 2.6 & 10.4 million undecided voters to vote for Hillary. @realDonaldTrump said 16 million; that’s wrong.

point #3: It doesn’t matter whether the bias in #Google search results was deliberate or not. Once it appeared – which it did at least 6 months before the election – it began shifting opinions & votes without people’s knowledge & without leaving a paper trail.

Dr. Robert Epstein@DrREpstein

If you want the full story about my 2016 election monitoring project, read my essay, “Taming Big Tech: The Case for Monitoring,” published last year: https://hackernoon.com/taming-big-tech-5fef0df0f00d 

Taming Big Tech: The Case for Monitoring

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Then Epstein moved on to the heart of the storm, that Hilary Clinton (whom he has long supported) had tweeted that his research had been debunked:
“This is going to hurt me to write, because I & my whole extended family have been strong supporters of the Clintons for decades. I have a framed, signed letter from #Bill on the wall near my desk. But #Hillary should be ashamed of herself.”

Dr. Robert Epstein@DrREpstein

has long depended on for both money & votes. Her largest donor in 2016 was Alphabet/Google. Her Chief Technology Officer during the campaign was Stephanie Hannon, a former Google exec. And then there’s , longtime head of Google – the guy in the pic:

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[In the interest of readability, the rest of his tweets are presented here in the order they were posted complete with the links as he posted them.]

  • About 96% of 2016 campaign donations from #Google employees went to #Hillary. And #ElanKriegel, Hillary’s Chief Analytics Officer, credits his 2012 tech team, informally supervised by #EricSchmidt, for half of Obama’s win margin: nearly 2.5 million votes. https://psmag.com/social-justice/obamas-big-data-inconclusive-results-political-campaigns-72687
  • If my work has been “debunked,” why was it included in a volume just published by #Oxford U.? Why have I been invited to speak about it at prestigious venues worldwide: #Stanford U., #Yale Law School (where both you & Bill went), even our #Senate (where you served)?
  • I know you’re in #Google’s pocket, but for the sake of our #democracy, I urge you listen to my recent Congressional testimony (https://c-span.org/video/?c4807816/congressionalhearing-16july2019-testimonybydrrobertepstein) & to scan the 58 essays & conference papers I list at the end of my written testimony: https://judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Epstein%20Testimony.pdf
  • If you examine my work carefully, you will find that it adheres to the very highest standards of scientific integrity. You will also conclude, I believe, that #Google  poses a serious threat to the free-&-fair election & to human autonomy. See https://t.co/T2coTfZt5m?amp=1
  • Google poses 3 serious threats to humanity: 1) an obscene level of #surveillance across 200+ platforms, 2) the power to determine what content 2+ billion can or can NOT see (#censorship) (https://usnews.com/opinion/articles/2016-06-22/google-is-the-worlds-biggest-censor-and-its-power-must-be-regulated) & 3) invisible #manipulation on a massive scale.  https://t.co/THZqV4u0ov?amp=1
  •  Is that what you want your legacy to be? Whistleblowers & leaks from #Google have confirmed that the company blacklists, re-ranks & uses “ephemeral experiences” (which I study) to control people worldwide. Do you approve?  https://t.co/xZEV7PqyHu?amp=1
  • If Big Tech cos. support the same candidate in 2020, they can shift 15M votes her way without people knowing how the shift occurred. If you had a choice between preserving #democracy & putting your candidate in office, which would you choose?  https://t.co/gHbvbjd6tS?amp=1
  • Among other tools, they can use “ephemeral experiences”-a term from a #Google email that leaked to @WSJ  in 2018-to shift votes without leaving a paper trail. Ephemeral experiences like those search results I found that were biased in your favor. https://t.co/73CWSocIu4?amp=1
  • If I haven’t yet convinced you that the tweet you sent about me yesterday was unjustified & deeply flawed, please read these recent comments on my work by #ChuckNorris. He might be a lowly #conservative, but he still kicks butt. https://wnd.com/2019/08/forget-russia-watch-big-tech/
  • Finally, Hillary: I have always admired you as a self-sacrificing person who is trying to improve people’s lives, and I have tried to emulate you in these ways – as best I can. I also know you’ve sometimes been punished for your good deeds. I can relate. With admiration, /re

And with those final words of admiration for Hillary, his ‘twitter storm’ blew out.