UFI Responds to Google Support of Referendum 71

UFI Responds to Google Support of Referendum 71

googleLast week we reported on Google executives coming out in public support of Referendum 71. Like us, many of you were disturbed by one of the nation’s largest internet search engines taking a public position on a such a sensitive and political issue. It is fair reason to question the reliability and neutrality of an organization that filters the information most people receive. We wanted to make sure Google was made aware of these concerns, so we drafted and sent the following letter:

To Eric Schmidt:

We, United Families International, are writing in response to a recent letter sent by Google executives Brian Bershad and Scott Silver to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on the issue of Referendum 71. Given the position of your organization as one of the most prominent and powerful search engines on the internet, we feel it is a gross abuse of your visibility and power to take a public position on an issue unrelated to your business or its practices.

Now that you have publicly made evident your organization’s biases and ideology, those of us who disagree with your position must question the accuracy and reliability of Google search results. We would hope that as the filter standing between the public and the information available on the internet Google would maintain a position of neutrality on all public, political or cultural issues in order to assure the public that your search engine provides results that are free of bias and/or manipulation. Due to this most recent letter to the editor, the public can no longer trust that this is the case and must question what sort of bias is filtering the news and information we receive.

We recognize that what you have written cannot be rescinded. However, we encourage you in the future to avoid weakening your integrity further by becoming involved in the political sphere. Such involvement diminishes the reliability and trustworthiness of your entire organization.


United Families International

  • nanaT
    Posted at 19:43h, 04 November

    If you can write to Eric Schmidt, why can’t we?………….

  • Roger Williams
    Posted at 23:07h, 04 November

    United Families International is to be congratulated on its position. Google has erred grievously … and its duplicituous agenda exposed in one searing moment of unprofessional and ill-conceived arrogance typical of gay-rights activists, and one can now only use its service with suspicion and some distaste. Did you ever get the feeling that what you always suspected was just shown to be true? I will now focus more on Yahoo! and Answers.com.

    Posted at 08:28h, 05 November

    I share the view of United Families International re: Google taking such a public stand on the same-sex marriage issue. I believe it is a misuse of a powerful internet search engine organization. As an Individual, marriage and Family Therapist I see, regularly, the results of the distintegration of the traditional family. Truly it is an issue about which we ought to be concerned.As traditional marriage goes, so goes the traditional family; as family goes, so goes our society. And, please, this has nothing to do with “homo-phobia” nor “hate literature”!

  • Robert Schummer
    Posted at 09:17h, 05 November

    The news media and other purveyors of information have been damaged enough by misuse of their privileged status. Now Google, who have become a prime source of information and knowledge have crossed the line. They have taken a stand in a very controversial and loaded subject. They have supported same sex marriage and gay rights. They have no right to do this as the public is starting to see the flaws in the morality and future consequences involved. Maine is the latest example. I will no longer use Google services for my work and will tell others to do likewise.

  • Susan Sheveland
    Posted at 11:31h, 05 November

    I am in agreement with all of the 4 comments that you have printed…..I’m also wondering why we weren’t given the opportunity to write to these people and voice our displeasure with the stand that Google has taken. I, too, will not be using Google any longer unless they retract their stand.

  • Robert Fournier
    Posted at 12:06h, 05 November

    I share in the comments made so far. We should’t be so nieve not to see that the media in general is anti Christian in values and morality. We should be turned “off” and tuned “out” of organizations that have this bias attitude.

  • Sunstripe
    Posted at 12:30h, 05 November

    Google goofed. I will be watching the trend in the searches I do very carefully from now on. I hope that the statement those individuals made reflected their own opinions and not those of the company. But if Google continues with this kind of activity then I will dispense with their services and encourage others to do the same.

  • United Families International
    Posted at 12:32h, 05 November

    We apologize for not encouraging everyone to send a letter. Anyone willing to should take the time to respond to Google. Unfortunately, there is not an email address to send the letter to. We sent a print letter to Google headquarters in California. The address is:1600 Amphitheatre Parkway,
    Mountain View, CA 94043.

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