A prominent Donald Trump supporter took to Silicon Valley in an attempt to get to the root of an alleged tech bias this week.
Ben Bergquam gathered other conservatives to visit the San Francisco Bay area’s campuses for Facebook and Google Thursday and Friday afternoons with a mission to get answers from bosses at the companies.
However the Frontline America publisher’s plan didn’t quite carry out as expected. Without an arranged meeting with the people higher up, Bergquam and his group were instead met by security who asked them leave certain areas.
Ben Bergquam gathered other conservatives to visit the San Francisco Bay area’s campuses for Facebook and Google Thursday and Friday
Bergquam and his group were instead met by people who asked them leave certain areas at Facebook
The man states in the video that they're on private property and he's asking them to leave
At Facebook, they are told by a staff member to leave the building which is private property, as they seek a person to make an official complaint to.
Eventually the group finds tablets they can file feedback on.
In another video, they catch the attention of a man at Google who began filming them on his mobile phone.
When shouting for a response on why there is political collusion in what he thinks is rigged search results to disadvantage conservative views, the man tells them he disagrees with their idea.
They caught the attention of a man at Google who began filming them on his mobile phone
‘That’s not true,’ he quietly laughed but refused to argue with them further as they coaxed an elaboration from him
‘That’s not true,’ he quietly laughs but refuses to argue with them further as they coax an elaboration from him.
On the whole, most people they run into are polite and attempt to help him and the other people he is joined by as they hold statement signs and wear ‘Make America Great Again’ caps.
‘They weren't expecting us to come. I think they were irritated that we were there,’ he pointed out in a video.
Bergquam enlists a Latino man as well as a black man on the trips which make up four videos on his company Facebook page.
At points he asks them if they are racist because they support Trump, mentioning that many people attach the idea to their political view.
Elsewhere in the clips, he says the big corporations have ‘taken over the judiciary’ and threatened lawmakers in California that they won’t rule for them, suggesting that they are not putting anti-discrimination into practice.
Bergquam goes on to say that he can’t fight the companies alone as he has ‘already been a target’.
Bergquam says that he can’t fight the companies alone as he has ‘already been a target’
Bergquam was previously blocked from Facebook and claims he's being watched
Admitting that he thinks he has been under surveillance, Friday also marked the day he posted a video about his return to Facebook after he says the social media network blocked his account for opposing a liberal woman’s views.
He says he was banned from Facebook for trying to ‘expose this hateful teacher Randa Jerrar’ who called Barbara Bush a ‘racist who raised a war criminal’ in reference to former President George W. Bush.
The Mountain View, California trip was in reaction to the US President’s social media posts on Tuesday that suggested the companies, as well as Twitter, had purposely pushed down more positive news about him to lower ranking pages on search results.
The Mountain View, California trip was in reaction to the US President’s social media posts Tuesday
He suggested Google had purposely pushed down more positive news about him to lower ranking pages on search results
‘Google search results for Trump news only shows only the viewing/reporting of fake news media. In other words they have it rigged for me and others so that almost all stories and news is bad. They are controlling what we can and cannot see,’ Trump claimed.
‘They better be careful because you can't do that to people. You can't do it. We have tremendous, we have literally thousands and thousands of complaints coming in.’
During the live stream of his confrontation with the tech giants, Bergquam told people not to stand for it.
‘If they can make your post appear on the third or fourth page, you're basically invisible,’ he said. Adding: ‘The companies that were founded on free exchange of ideas have become the thought police.’
Google eventually did give a statement, reports YourCentralValley.com.
‘Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology,’ they said in a statement.