Leaked video: Google responded to Trump’s election with tears, hugs

Sep 12, 2018 33 Comments

Features co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, VPs Kent Walker and Eileen Naughton, CFO Ruth Porat, and CEO Sundar Pichai.

Sorry about the source, but for what its worth:


Key moments:

(00:00:00 – 00:01:12) Google co-founder Sergey Brin states that the weekly meeting is “probably not the most joyous we’ve had” and that “most people here are pretty upset and pretty sad.”

(00:00:24) Brin contrasts the disappointment of Trump’s election with his excitement at the legalization of cannabis in California, triggering laughs and applause from the audience of Google employees.

(00:01:12) Returning to seriousness, Brin says he is “deeply offen[ded]” by the election of Trump, and that the election “conflicts with many of [Google’s] values.”

(00:09:10) Trying to explain the motivations of Trump supporters, Senior VP for Global Affairs, Kent Walker concludes: “fear, not just in the United States, but around the world is fueling concerns, xenophobia, hatred, and a desire for answers that may or may not be there.”

(00:09:35) Walker goes on to describe the Trump phenomenon as a sign of “tribalism that’s self-destructive [in] the long-term.”

(00:09:55) Striking an optimistic tone, Walker assures Google employees that despite the election, “history is on our side” and that the “moral arc of history bends towards progress.”

(00:10:45) Walker approvingly quotes former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s comparison between “the world of the wall” with its “isolation and defensiveness” and the “world of the square, the piazza, the marketplace, where people come together into a community and enrich each other’s lives.”

(00:13:10) CFO Ruth Porat appears to break down in tears when discussing the election result.

(00:15:20) Porat promises that Google will “use the great strength and resources and reach we have to continue to advance really important values.”

(00:16:50) Stating “we all need a hug,” she then instructs the audience of Google employees to hug the person closest to them.

(00:20:24) Eileen Noughton, VP of People Operations, promises that Google’s policy team in DC is “all over” the immigration issue and that the company will “keep a close watch on it.”

(00:21:26) Noughton jokes about Google employees asking, ‘Can I move to Canada?’ after the election. She goes on to seriously discuss the options available to Google employees who wish to leave the country.

(00:23:12) Noughton does acknowledge “diversity of opinion and political persuasion” and notes that she has heard from conservative Google employees who say they “haven’t felt entirely comfortable revealing who [they] are.” and urged “tolerance.” (Several months later, the company would fire James Damore allegedly for disagreeing with progressive narratives.)

(00:27:00) Responding to a question about “filter bubbles,” Sundar Pichai promises to work towards “correcting” Google’s role in them

(00:27:30) Sergey Brin praises an audience member’s suggestion of increasing matched Google employee donations to progressive groups.

(00:34:40) Brin compares Trump voters to “extremists,” arguing for a correlation between the economic background of Trump supporters and the kinds of voters who back extremist movements. Brin says that “voting is not a rational act” and that not all of Trump’s support can be attributed to “income disparity.” He suggests that Trump voters might have been motivated by boredom rather than legitimate concerns.

(00:49:10) An employee asks if Google is willing to “invest in grassroots, hyper-local efforts to bring tools and services and understanding of Google products and knowledge” so that people can “make informed decisions that are best for themselves.” Pichai’s response: Google will ensure its “educational products” reach “segments of the population [they] are not [currently] fully reaching.”

(00:54:33) An employee asks what Google is going to do about “misinformation” and “fake news” shared by “low-information voters.” Pichai responds by stating that “investments in machine learning and AI” are a “big opportunity” to fix the problem.

(00:56:12) Responding to an audience member, Walker says Google must ensure the rise of populism doesn’t turn into “a world war or something catastrophic … and instead is a blip, a hiccup.”

(00:58:22) Brin compares Trump voters to supporters of fascism and communism, linking the former movement to “boredom,” which Brin previously linked to Trump voters. “It sort of sneaks up sometimes, really bad things” says Brin.

(01:01:15) A Google employee states: “speaking to white men, there’s an opportunity for you right now to understand your privilege” and urges employees to “go through the bias-busting training, read about privilege, read about the real history of oppression in our country.” He urges employees to “discuss the issues you are passionate about during Thanksgiving dinner and don’t back down and laugh it off when you hear the voice of oppression speak through metaphors.” Every executive on stage – the CEO, CFO, two VPs and the two Co-founders – applaud the employee.

(01:01:57) An audience member asks if the executives see “anything positive from this election result.” The audience of Google employees, and the executives on stage, burst into laughter. “Boy, that’s a really tough one right now” says Brin.


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TOP 33 Comments
  • Square / Eng iLAn11
    What’s your point
    Sep 12, 2018 4
    • Square / Eng iLAn11
      None of this even has anything to do with censoring content in search results though? Where does it say they will “do anything to take down those that oppose the leftist mantra”? It must be exhausting to be this sad at angry all the time...
      Sep 12, 2018
    • Microsoft


      Intern @ MS
      It doesn’t say they will censor conservative results but surely it’s not a stretch to say that when they are trying to limit “extremist” content that they will be biased to limit conservatives. You’ve heard of bias haven’t you? Unconscious bias....
      Sep 12, 2018
  • Microsoft PacDaddy
    You can't blame anyone for feeling strongly about the 2016 presidential election results. It was a bloody contentious election year, and it's puzzling that this should be that controversial.

    Except, as I read through this... isn't it a bit creepy that a company that wields so much control over the information we consume are not just ideologues in private, but that it's openly discussed in a business context... and so uniform in their thinking that.. it's hard to imagine that this lack of diversity is a good thing for the internet. I mean, I get that their views are totally legitimate ones to have, but their reaction completely ignores nearly half the U.S. population, and probably a significant chunk of their workforce.
    Sep 12, 2018 4
    • Microsoft TrumpWins
      Trump has unwavering support mostly because companies who disparage and "resist" him are doing the same thing to his voters. If someone is trying to discredit and essentially try to steal your vote, you would have the same reaction.
      Sep 12, 2018
    • Flagged by the community.

  • Flagged by the community.

    • Indeed OXy8st
      Classic ree
      Sep 12, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng Dr.13
    They shouldn't have bashed the election results as much as they did in a company meeting as half of the voters voted for the guy.

    That being said, what the hell is your point? If a company doesn't like the results, that is their business and not yours. Stop being a loser and post something useful.
    Sep 12, 2018 3
    • Microsoft dimlefted
      Stop being a LOSER?? And this is coming from liberals who have cried about Trump since Nov 2016 AND THEYRE WHINING EVERY CHANCE THEY GET ON TV??!!

      The "L" in liberal stands for loser, because if someone opposed you, you dont argue their point -- you beat them senseless or ban them
      Sep 12, 2018
    • Wayfair BigZeroSix
      Sep 12, 2018
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    • Microsoft dimlefted
      Not when these human beings try to ban those that disagree with what google, fb, and twitter believe (which is all leftist/socialist type stuff)
      Sep 12, 2018
  • Microsoft / Mgmt Bonee
    Trump has opinions - strong ones
    Sep 12, 2018 3
    • Wayfair BigZeroSix
      Are you not aware that Trump blocks people from the official POTUS Twitter account?

      How exactly would he "ban" people anyways? He doesn't run a social media platform.
      Sep 12, 2018
    • Airbnb / Eng hudsonbaby
      they don't ban people for speaking their mind. they ban people for inciting violence. there are plenty of conservative voices on these sites and they are plenty vocal. taking out the fringes that are advocating for violence is a good thing.
      Sep 12, 2018
  • Microsoft ogle
    Can’t wait for 2020.
    Sep 12, 2018 1
    • Microsoft dimlefted
      Me too. Trump gets elected again and all these libs have to get counseling en masse
      Sep 12, 2018
  • Indeed OXy8st
    Gotta love when Googlers say to keep politics out of the workplace (to conservatives) and then high-level business meetings like this leak. Such incredible hypocrisy.
    Sep 12, 2018 0
  • Facebook Instagrаm
    Good old TGIFs... I miss them.
    How odd it is to watch TGIF sitting in FB office! Lol
    Sep 12, 2018 0
  • Wayfair BigZeroSix
    Is this supposed to be evidence of a bad thing?
    Sep 12, 2018 2
    • Microsoft dimlefted
      The fact you libs think like this is pathetic. No wonder the public school systems suck in the US.
      Sep 12, 2018
    • Wayfair BigZeroSix
      What makes you think I'm a "lib"?
      Sep 12, 2018


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