NEW GOOGLE SEARCH CENSORSHIP APPEARS TO BE WORSE THAN ORIGINALLY FEARED

New data released by the World Socialist Web Site seems to confirm what many had feared: the new Google search evaluation protocol is adversely affecting a broad array of leftist, whistleblower and democratic rights organizations, and anti-war news outlets. The data, collected from the search engine metric website SEMrush, shows massive drops in traffic to WikiLeaks, the Intercept, the ACLU, Common DreamsAntiwar.com, and many others.Google’s new algorithm, implemented for the ostensible purpose of limiting the reach of “fake news” and “conspiracy theories,” has targeted anti-establishment websites seeking to challenge the disinformation and propaganda of corporate mainstream media. Facing mounting criticism from the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other MSM benefactors following the 2016 presidential election, both Google and Facebook have capitulated and taken drastic measures to restrict the flow of information. Wikileaks traffic dropped by 30 percent; Democracy Now fell by 36 percent. The WSWS was the most adversely affected, as its traffic dropped by 70 percent during the same month the new algorithm went into effect.

David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS, calls the new search protocol politically motivated and says it is dramatically affecting organic search results.

“While a significant percentage of our readers enter the WSWS directly, many web users access the site through search engines, of which Google is the most widely used. There is no innocent explanation for the extraordinarily sharp fall in readers, virtually overnight, coming from Google searches.

“Google’s claim that it is protecting readers from ‘fake news’ is a politically motivated lie. Google, a massive monopoly, with the closest ties to the state and intelligence agencies, is blocking access to the WSWS and other left and progressive web sites through a system of rigged searches.”

Meanwhile, many activists on the right feel their free speech rights have been restricted, as well. Shortly after the election, the right-wing website Breitbart claimed both Google and Facebook were attempting to defund conservative sites by altering Google Adsense and Facebook Audience Network.

report from Gizmodo found that Facebook had taken “steps to suppress fake news earlier this year,” even while knowing the moves “disproportionately impacted right-wing news sites by downgrading or removing that content from people’s feeds.”

While political partisanship often colors one’s point of view on this issue, what is becoming clear is that censorship is no longer relegated to Big Brother or the federal government but may now be outsourced to those who control online information. The gatekeepers of the Internet may not be concerned as much with censoring or favoring right or left-wing news sources as they are with allowing corporate MSM goliaths to control the narrative and safeguard the establishment.

While fringe elements of the left and right may be able to agree in principle about stopping military interventions, ending the Drug War, protecting whistleblowers, etc., it seems the issue most fanning the flames right now is the specter of censorship by an increasingly consolidated corporatocracy that sees the government and giant corporations in a sometimes acrimonious but mutually beneficial marriage.

Source: http://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/censorship/new-google-search-censorship-appears-to-be-worse-than-originally-feared/

5 thoughts on “NEW GOOGLE SEARCH CENSORSHIP APPEARS TO BE WORSE THAN ORIGINALLY FEARED

  1. Wolf Street
    Howling About Business, Finance & Money

    Grocery Store Turmoil in Chicago by Wolf Richter. August 16. 2017.

    As I have said it so many times over the last 10plus years & now Wall Street has recognized the reality as well.
    1. The population of planet earth was never as high as The Establishment’s lies told us & today the population is decreasing even faster.
    2. The Establishment is bankrupt like never before in history.
    3. The 2008 Global Financial Crisis was the last of the big contrived swindles that broke The Establishments Back.
    4. As a result of the 2008 Gambling Frenzy GLOBAL MONEY HAS CHANGED HANDS.
    5. With money shifts power also shifts – those that had it lost it all.
    6. The OLD & INFIRM aristocracy & dignitary are with one foot on a banana skin & one in the grave – they are a spent force.
    7. Their kids are lazy & spoiled & indulgent of the vices that render them useless even unto themselves.
    8. Today is a smorgasbord of opportunities for anyone who puts themselves forward to grasp an opportunity.
    And may the best man win.

  2. Paul Keating gave away millions of Australia\’s manufacturing jobs – to the Asia Pacific Region – FOR FREE.
    Australians no longer pay tax – therefore the coffers are empty.
    Australians are on welfare payments – therefore Australians cannot consume.
    \”THAT\’S OKAY\” according to the GENIUS that is The Establishment Think Tank.
    The Establishment is loathed to place monies of any denomination in the hands of the unworthy – this is us folks.

    Cheap products come into Australia & we purchase & get used to $5 Tshirts.
    All the high priced goods stores like Myer & David Jones go Bankrupt.
    In the USA it is the likes of Madison Avenue that are closing down.

    Okay – now Australians have their cheap wardrobe & necessary accessories & mod cons of the image driven lifestyle that we live – they stop consuming.
    Today Kmart, BigW & Target are in serious trouble – they were going to make a killing – what happened ?
    THE DAYS OF MILK & HONEY DO NOT EXIST & a good thing does not last for ever.

    The Smart boys who concocted this brainstorm got it horribly wrong – didn\’t they.

    In the USA the government give out FOOD COUPONS –
    COUPONS are another form of currency – so the USA has 2 – or more currencies.

    What they fail to understand – is that any other form of exchange that exists in a financial system – competes with the main currency & diminishes it\’s value – the coupons that the USA government has given out instead of cash – is devaluing the US DOLLAR – takes away value from the dollar.

    For the life of me I cannot understand why the financial whizzes of the USA do not understand this reality.
    You are screwing the value of your currency – both in national terms & in international terms by allowing COUPONS & FOOD STAMPS to be given out.

    Anyway – Paul Keatings – offshore manufacturing scheme has blown up in the face of Australia.
    Ha, ha, ha, ha, he, he,, aha, ha, ha,

  3. At Pipeworks Campbellfield you can purchase a $5 Tshirt & at the next stall some guy will print anything you like on it for another $10 – you are laughing mate.

  4. About GOOGLE:
    Alphabet Inc – is an American multinational conglomerate created in a corporate restructure on October 2 2015.
    Alphabet’s company encompasses several industries – including technology – life science – investment capital – & research.
    Some of it’s subsidiaries include – Google – Calico – GV – CapitalG – Verily – Waymo – X – Nest Labs – & Google Fiber.

    * Calico is an independent research & development biotech company – with the goal of combating ageing & related diseases – focusing on health – wellbeing – & longevity ………………… there is a good chance that it is in reality – a Tax Dodge.
    * GV – Google Venture – is the venture capital arm of Alphabet Inc. – & provides seed – growth – & venture funding to technology companies.
    * CapitalG – Google Capital – is a late stage growth venture capital fund financed by Alphabet Inc – it focuses on large – growth stage technology companies & invests for profit rather than strategically for Google.
    * Verily – Google Life Science is Alphabet Inc’s research organisation devoted to the study of life science…………… more Tax Dodging.
    * Watmo is an autonomous car development company – self drive & other such gimmickry – etc……………. a money waster.
    * X is an American semi-secret research & development facility – more self drive cars – etc … another money waster.
    * Nest Labs is a home automation producer of programmable – self learning – sensor driven – Wi-Fi enabled thermostat & smock detectors * other security systems ………….. new gadgets with $$$ costly strings – that will not sell.
    * Google Fiber is part of the access division of Alphabet Inc – it provides fiber to the premises service to the USA…………. a service for which they have heavy duty competition.
    Alphabet Inc is a house of cards.

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