One thing I have noticed when I used Google to learn about something in the news: It always links first to liberal outlets like CNN, Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times. Usually, I have to go to the second page to find a conservative outlet.
David Greenfield, at Front Page, has noticed it, too.
...The idea that made Google some twenty years ago was PageRank. It was ahead of its time in utilizing social technology to rate the relevance of a page. The idea has since been cannibalized as Google’s search algorithm favors its own products. And increasingly it also favors its own political views.
As the company swings left, it isn’t interested in the “wisdom of crowds”, only in its own agenda.
Google has embedded partisan attacks on conservatives into its search and news territories under the guise of “fact checks”. It has fundamentally shifted results for terms such as “Jihad” to reflect Islamist propaganda rather than the work of counterterrorism researchers such as Robert Spencer. And it wasn’t the first time. Google had been previously accused of manipulating search results during Brexit.
Censorship has long been a problem on YouTube. And it will now officially be caging “controversial” videos using a method developed by Jigsaw. Formerly Google Ideas, Jigsaw is Google’s left-wing incubator developing social justice tech.
The Southern Poverty Law Center guided Google’s censorship of Islamic search results. But there’s no reason to think that it will stop there until Google has completely cannibalized PageRank and replaced it with ProgRank in which search results will be dominated by left-wing sites in one category after another. First Autocomplete results and then actual search results will be censored and suppressed.
...“Viewpoint diversity is arguably the most important type of diversity,” James Damore had argued.
But that’s not what the left means by diversity. At Google and everywhere else it means a plurality of people from different backgrounds, races, genders and sexual identities who agree with us.
It’s an artificial consensus that displaces the old democratic values of individualism and freedom. Instead, it imposes a system of safe spaces that treat any dissent as an act of violence against the oppressed.
The gates of the internet cannot remain in the hands of a corporation intolerant of free speech. Google’s monopoly doesn’t only threaten the free market. It threatens freedom of expression on the internet.
It’s not just about James Damore. It’s about all of us.