Read a Special Sneak Preview of Breitbart News ‘Masters of the Universe’ Town Hall
Tonight, Breitbart News will host the “Masters of the Universe” town hall in New Orleans, Louisiana. Speakers include Alex Marlow, Editor-in-Chief of Breitbart News, best-selling authors Ann Coulter and Peter Schweizer and research psychologist Robert Epstein.
Photo credit: Breitbart News
Read a special sneak preview of the event below.
Breitbart News reports:
Ahead of Breitbart News’ “Masters of the Universe” town hall tonight, panelist Robert Epstein, a senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, Robert Epstein outlined his reasons for appearing at the event.
Breitbart News asked Epstein how he initially became interested in Google and search engine manipulation, and when he first noticed that there might be issues with how Google manipulates search results. “I’ve had a strong interest in computers and programming most of my life,” said Epstein. “I started getting curious about Google early in 2012 when the company notified me that my website had been hacked. Who, I wondered, had made Google the guardian of the internet, and how on earth was the company blocking access to my website through Safari (an Apple browser) and Firefox (a browser run by a nonprofit company?) Later that year, when I read about recent studies on the power that search rankings have to influence purchases, I began to wonder about whether search engines could manipulate opinions and votes.”
“I asked: If people are so strongly attracted to high-ranking search results, could high-ranking results be used to manipulate how people think? When I began to conduct controlled experiments to investigate this idea, I was completely shocked by the results. The search engine, I now know, is the most powerful mind control machine ever invented. See my essay, “The New Mind Control.”
Epstein continued, “Second, because the people Facebook uses to screen online content are inherently biased, and because the algorithms Facebook uses to screen online content are inherently biased and stupid — see my essay on “Mindless AI” — Facebook’s filtering efforts amount to little more than a clumsy form of censorship. See my article in U.S. News & World Report, ‘The New Censorship.’”
“Third, who gave Facebook — a for-profit company that is responsible only to its shareholders, not to the general public — the right to determine what content most of the world will or will not see?”
Click here to read the rest of Lucas Nolan’s special sneak preview of the event.