Google is losing allies across the political spectrum

Found on Ars Technica on Thursday, 31 August 2017
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With so many Googlers in government, Google had an outsized influence on policymaking during the Obama years. But today, Google is in a different situation. Most obviously, Schmidt worked hard to get Hillary Clinton elected president, and Clinton lost.

The combination of Bernie Sanders-style populism on the left and Donald Trump-style populism on the right could lead to a future where Google faces hostility from policymakers across parties.

Conservative skepticism of Google has only intensified in 2017. The high-profile August firing of James Damore was one key moment here.

Google has abandoned its "do no evil" mantra years ago, and now people start to realize this. It's not a neutral search engine anymore and now starts to meddle with politics. That's not Google's job.