Skip to comments.Google: More Govít Pressure than Ever to ERASE Political Content from Web
Posted on 12/21/2013 4:38:29 AM PST by IbJensen
Ever wondered why you cant find a post from your favorite alternative media website on the worlds most famous search engine?
The Register is reporting a pressure surge from politicians, judges, cops and the like to remove material from Google thats critical of them:
Today, the advertising giant said that, in the first six months of 2013, it received 3,846 demands from public officials to remove 24,737 personal blog posts, YouTube videos and other pieces of content it hosts. Thats up 68 per cent on the second half of 2012.
And according to the web giant, which has just published its latest transparency report, 93 requests focused on content that was critical of people in public office. Defamation and copyright infringement were often cited, but less than one third of the highlighted material was removed in the first half of 2013.
A whopping 93% of the requests basically all of them were attempting to censor people who are critical of public officials on the web. While some content may actually be defamation, just how gray are the lines surrounding that definition?
In the U.S., requests were up 70% and included 27 federal agency requests to pull apps from the Google Play store for trademark infringement. As for the U.K., Google wrote, We received a request from a law firm representing a former Member of Parliament to remove a preview from Google Books that allegedly defamed the MP by suggesting he was engaged in illegal activity. We removed the preview.
Google legal director Susan Infantino wrote that these requests have become a consistent and worrying trend for the past four years. Worrying trend or slippery slope to a politically correct nightmare?
In 2012, the Internet Society took of poll of more than 10,000 Internet users from over 20 countries around the world and found that the majority of them (86%) strongly agreed that Freedom of expression should be guaranteed on the Internet.
But free expression isnt guaranteed. In fact, depending on what country you live in, the Internet landscape can look like a very different place one with a whole lot of filtering going on.
Take China for example. If you live in China, you are not allowed to access social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter. They are just blocked, period. Information that might embarrass the Chinese government, such as information on the Tiananmen Square Massacre during which the government implemented martial law and killed thousands of pro-democracy protestors, simply does not exist on the Internet when accessed in China. Its as if none of that stuff ever happened. China has essentially erased the online history books.
Thats what happened in George Orwells 1984 when history was literally erased and rewritten to a Big Brother-centric point of view.
And that is exactly what our so-called leaders would love to do to our Internet all over the world. Silence political dissent.
Dont believe it? Check out the Stratfor email posted on Wikileaks claiming that CIA Director John Brennan is behind a witch hunt for anyone printing materials negative to the Obama agenda. (Probably not gonna find that link with a Google search )
Its sad we live in such an Orwellian time that politicians can just get whole chunks of the Internet they do not agree with (or that do not agree with them) erased, much like the Ministry of Truth rewriting history in the book 1984
which was a novel, not an instructional manual, for the record.
Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood will not tolerate any form of criticism as they fear the light of truth as most feral rats do. It's sad that Google and other sites have caved in to this oppression when they could be of immense help in saving our Republic.
We, who support this website, can only hope that posting edicts are relaxed in order that important articles reach the largest audience possible.
Especially since on another site with the same rules, content from FR would be put in the same category.
The government pressure is only to erase “some” content, not all of it. We know what content they want erased.
I do not know what they are censoring in this country, but I would think it is what is harmful to their buddy Obama.
Post the content of the take down requests and allow comments.
It's sad that Google and other sites have caved in to this oppression when they could be of immense help in saving our Republic.
Cronyism can be enormously profitable... as long as the cronies remain useful to the lord high oligarchs, of course.
Truth is potent; it stops tyrants. No wonder they want it erased.
It's a blog. Maybe that is a clue about why it belongs in the blog section.
The good news is there are other search engines, I never use google anymore, my current favorite search engine is ixquick.
Sounds like Anna, from the TV series ‘V’, about a year ago. She tells the news reporter that he can ask any question he wants as long is it doesn't cast the Visitors in a bad light. That's the Obama Admin. Remember Anita Dunn? (Mao is my favorite philosopher) She said the smartest thing the Dems did in the run up to the 2008 election was ‘manage the Media”. They are still doing it and the Media is marveling at the Admin’s ability to spin the Media. Bizarro World with a Pravda American Press.
The kids are smart enough to use proxy servers. There are plenty of young Chinese on Facebook.
The danger here is that any level of US government thinks it is OK to misuse its legal monopoly on the use of force to threaten Google. That is totalitarian thinking, and the issuers of such threats need to be identified by their communities and systematically removed from their offices.
If you run your own blog, own your domainname (don’t rent it from GoDaddy) and host it offshore.
You're quite the PHD indeed.
It's too bad you didn't get the memo last year:
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Nutjob conspiracy pingable?
Oh yeah. I watched in mounting horror as google systematically and deliberately "disappeared" over half a million hits on image searches for "obama birth certificate" in mid-July 2008.
Had they not censored anything questioning obama during the 2008 campaign, perhaps they wouldn't be quite so worried about their hero imposing censorship on them today, eh?
Payback's a cast iron bitch, ain't it?
Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!
To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...
I never received this which is surprising considering the fact that I’ve been around a while.
If all I had to do all day long is to research various articles on the internet in an attempt to point out that posters can be fools and be fooled, I’d consider myself very fortunate. The thesis in this particular article is valid.
Your sarcasm as regards my education is duly noted. I can see that you visited my profile.
Nully, I know I have told you this before, but your Nut-job Conspiracy Theor[ies] for some reason keep coming true.
So how can it be a "Nut-job" and a "conspiracy?"
Interesting, image searches for "Valerie Jarret lizard, snake, reptoid, forked tongue, scaly, serpent, and alien" all fail to return a single image of her morphing into or side-by side with any of the above...
Don't PHD's research?
The thesis in this particular article is valid.
Sure. She co-authored the 'Chemtrails' article, too.
Your sarcasm as regards my education is duly noted.
That's what you get for decorating your profile page with our name.
I can see that you visited my profile.
A necessary evil prior to checking your rap sheet.
Shhhhhhh! That’s a secret!
Wow, that’s scary, nully. I’ve seen one where Hillary’s eyes shift (like a reptile’s) for just a split second, and that one was scary enough.
It's a slippery slope and I think many of us can see this coming:
First they erase the content. Then they erase the content creator.
Dissent will not be tolerated!
I think we need to be careful with the words censure and erase.
Google is a company and has no obligation to index any sites.
As consumers we can visit any sites we want on the internet. Google is unable to prevent us from doing so. That’s nothing like China literally blocking sites from everyone’s access.
So google is free to include whatever sites they like in their indexing. They have a financial interest to be perceived as “objective” and include all sites, not a legal obligation.
And we consumers are free to use whatever search engines we want.
If Google were ever declared a monopoly they could lose some of their freedom to choose.
Hey BQ! Haven’t seen you in a while!
I’m more scared by the inability to find that with any of the search terms I listed.
Censorship most foul.
You make some good points, however, we already know that Google leans to the left. So we already know what kind of erasing they are going to do.
Maybe if you weren’t so arrogant as to think what you find as an important opinion so it must be everyone else’s concern you might not get your panties in a wad so easily and would be happier.
For it is written in The Book Of The Won, Chapter Won, Verse Won:
"Thou shalt not speak against the deeds of Thy Lord and Savior, The Obama, The Messiah, The Won, lest thou be declared racist."
Here Endeth The Lesson.
Hey there! Thank you for all the pings — I always read your posts even if I can’t make it to the thread itself. (I’m finally on vacation now so can catch up and actually post things :))
LOL about the search terms, that IS bad!
Good trade craft, in fact, would require Google to leak some more or less innocent examples along with Google's "concerns" in collusion with spy agencies so that the full extent of this censorship is not perceived.
A far bigger problem -- which has always been the problem with mass media -- is the conspiracy of silence, in which Google does indeed participate. Google's top results and search algorithms are skewed to weigh heavily to the Left. Anyone who doesn't believe this should have followed the recent pajamaboy fiasco, or Phil Robertson's problems. Search results from Google slanted heavily toward websites expressing the leftist point of view in the opening hours of those scandals, and it has only been in the last day or so that the overwhelming number of postings mocking pajamaboy has finally driven the engines algorithms to accept the reality that in cyberspace -- on this issue at least -- the leftist view does not prevail.
Google of course, will never reveal the extent to which it is a fellow traveller with any left leaning government, and suppresses news favorable to the right.
I’m not doubting Google’s bias.
Nor am I questioning the fact that in some cases Google may have been a tool of the Leftist State.
My post was in response to the OP grousing at the fact that this article - which proved to be skewed and an unfaithful representation of the original article - was relegated to the blog section.
In fact given the liberties with the retelling of the story, it more likely should have been in the Smoky Backroom.
One of the interesting things to me about FR is that a thread seldom takes the direction intended by the original poster, provided enough intelligent FReepers are interested in the basic story.
Seems somehow appropriate, considering the Saturnalia festivals are ancient mystery Babylon celebrations.
thanks I am sick of the google spin on everything.
Ok, so the author has written other crazy things.
Censorship is real if more subtle. Google may not remove actual information just the search links to them. Plenty of websites get “cleaned up” when their contents draws attention. There is the “wayback machine” website which is useful but I would recommend keeping local copies of web pages, screenshots, etc. even printed hard copies.
(recently found a printed copy of the Clinton Body Count from 1993, copyrighted (?) by Linda Thompson) (no I’m not suggesting that Linda Thompson was a reliable source, more than likely a commie disinfo agent)
Have a Merry Christmas anyway, you filthy animal!
Debating the moderator because I chose a particular article to post.
I never agree with.everything the author has written, but feel the mature FReepers can decide for themselves whether the author is on track or a kook.
I listed no names of moderators in my profile as they remain faceless, unidentifiable entities who are, in many cases, obsessed with a sort of god complex. Even you, whoever you are, must admit that there is smugness and sarcasm exhibited in some of the reasons given for dumping a post.
Then to refer to a contributing poster's profile ( who mistakenly feels as though he or she is a member of FR) as a rap sheet is just ridiculous as well as malicious.
Once, some time ago, a moderator accessed my profile and edited it to include links to pornographic websites. I knew then it was a moderator because a mere poster can not access for purposes of modification that information. It was apparently in retaliation.
Let's just be friends and wish each other a Merry Christmas. Sometimes the fact that we have a common enemy escapes us.
Probably a periodic feature like 'Meet the Moderators' would be a good way to eliminate the vision of faceless, unaccountable beings.
Well, what do you think?
Because of where you posted it.
Do you still not get it?
It's a BLOG.
Once, some time ago, a moderator accessed my profile
The only persons that can edit your profile are the ones that have your password.
That was me, it was just an experiment that didn't go well.
Never tried that route again, full on failure.
Stop this disgraceful practice at once! Do you hear? At once.