Google is Evil

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This does not surprise me at all:

 

In the leaked discussion thread, a Google site reliability engineer hinted at the existence of more search blacklists, according to the source.

“We have tons of white- and blacklists that humans manually curate,” said the employee. “Hopefully this isn’t surprising or particularly controversial.”

Others were more concerned about the presence of the blacklist. According to the source, the software engineer who started the discussion called the manipulation of search results related to abortion a “smoking gun.”

The software engineer noted that the change had occurred following an inquiry from a left-wing Slate journalist about the prominence of pro-life videos on YouTube, and that pro-life videos were replaced with pro-abortion videos in the top ten results for the search terms following Google’s manual intervention.

“The Slate writer said she had complained last Friday and then saw different search results before YouTube responded to her on Monday,” wrote the employee. “And lo and behold, the [changelog] was submitted on Friday, December 14 at 3:17 PM.”

The manually downranked items included several videos from Dr. Antony Levatino, a former abortion doctor who is now a pro-life activist. Another video in the top ten featured a woman’s personal story of being pressured to have an abortion, while another featured pro-life conservative Ben Shapiro. The Slate journalist who complained to Google reported that these videos previously featured in the top ten, describing them in her story as “dangerous misinformation.”

Since the Slate journalist’s inquiry and Google’s subsequent intervention, the top search results now feature pro-abortion content from left-wing sources like BuzzFeed, Vice, CNN, and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. In her report, the Slate journalist acknowledged that the search results changed shortly after she contacted Google.

The manual adjustment of search results by a Google-owned platform contradicts a key claim made under oath by Google CEO Sundar Pichai in his congressional testimony earlier this month: that his company does not “manually intervene on any search result.”

A Google employee in the discussion thread drew attention to Pichai’s claim, noting that it “seems like we are pretty eager to cater our search results to the social and political agenda of left-wing journalists.”

 

Go here to Breitbart to read the rest.  I should be more outraged by this, but I can’t help but pity the Leftists at Google as they attempt to fake the popularity of pro-abort videos on Youtube.  Time again for one of my favorite poems:

 

Say not the struggle nought availeth,
     The labour and the wounds are vain,
The enemy faints not, nor faileth,
     And as things have been they remain.
If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars;
     It may be, in yon smoke concealed,
Your comrades chase e’en now the fliers,
     And, but for you, possess the field.
For while the tired waves, vainly breaking
     Seem here no painful inch to gain,
Far back through creeks and inlets making,
     Comes silent, flooding in, the main.
And not by eastern windows only,
     When daylight comes, comes in the light,
In front the sun climbs slow, how slowly,
     But westward, look, the land is bright.
Arthur Hugh Clough

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7 Comments

  1. Several tech companies acted in concert to knock a certain Alex Jones off a set of online platforms simultaneously. That ought to be worth an antitrust suit. That is if the Justice Department staff weren’t an extension of the Democratic Party.

    It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to the laymen that these companies have abandoned a common carrier model, except that the operators of these companies were enraged that people they disapproved of could use the platforms to disseminate their viewpoint. Which does suggest that a younger generation of tech barons and their minions (b. between 1972 and 1985) suffer neuralgic emotional reactions that an older generation (b. from 1954 to 1971) did not. An awful mess of human resources have to be diverted to harass the political opposition this way given the huge quantum of content. And they’re not concentrating on strange birds like Jones. Perfectly ordinary Republicans like Robert Stacy McCain, Glenn Reynolds, and Dennis Praeger have been subject to this harassment.

    Ideally, this ends with Google, Facebook, Patreon (or is it Visa and MasterCard in that case?) going the way of Alta Vista and MySpace and we all get back to business. Somehow, I suspect this is going to be rougher and nastier.

    One interesting contention I’ve seen bruited about is that Visa and MasterCard have been relying on guides from the $PLC. If that’s true, it is very peculiar. It’s not as if the $PLC’s status as a direct mail mill enriching Morris Dees and his minions isn’t well known. Either someone in these companies is one sinister piece of work or someone in these companies is an ignoramus above and beyond the call of duty.

    I see the Center for Immigration Studies has sued the $PLC for defamation. I’d be more pleased with that if I though the federal judiciary were the least bit trustworthy anymore. (See the interminable Mann v. Steyn case).

  2. Trust busters where are you? Big tech has lost the trust of the American people and must be broken up. Free speech is the key to our survival.

  3. I’ll back up Art Deco’s words and amplify that it’s not just things like patreon that are cutting people off, but apparently the credit card companies that are pressuring these websites to deplatform based on the word of the SPLC.

  4. It seems that it’s turned around to bite the SPLC, too– after they settled with that guy they targeted as a “hater”, folks have been coming out of the woodwork, and the Center for Immigration Studies is going after them for extortion. They should really have an easy time showing that.

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