According to data from our Google Chrome browser, my political leanings are—quietly—right on center right.
This may be news to you. Facebook and Google routinely told me I had a “leftwing” bias and was biased against white men and libertarians. My polarity according to them is in fact slightly conservative. In each case, the companies ignored my objections and said it would not change the ranking in search results and other apps.
On its Web Trends blog today, Google did not address my questions and said it did not intend to change the information it provides. It did tell its readers that, in part, the rightward leaning of American people relative to five years ago was due to improved access to broadband internet, improved polarization of political views, and slow economic growth (!) in 2014 to 2018.
Here’s what I wrote to Google about my political leanings:
I only want to link to my Google search history if I can be anonymous to the subject of the search. While there is something to be said for the simplicity of just having the search result enter my real name, I understand Google’s argument that there are, in fact, repercussions for linking to, say, yourself in search results. If I can be anonymous, then why can’t there be anonymous searches? In addition, since Google searches on Google data, why can’t the data be anonymized? Doesn’t “single sign-on” and using Google to log into the app make this a moot point?