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Nachtengel
Monday, November 10th, 2008, 07:03 PM
I'm annoyed how each time I search for a politically incorrect term, Google pops up this:


Aus Rechtsgründen hat Google 2 Ergebnis(se) von dieser Seite entfernt. Weitere Informationen über diese Rechtsgründe finden Sie unter ChillingEffects.org.

YouTube practices it too, I often get a message that "this video is not available in your country". We are losing our freedom, the entire system is based on indoctrination and control, refusal of independent opinions. Often I switch to Google US to get a wider array of results.

I'm wondering if this is an exclusively German thing or if people from other countries experience the same issues. Does Google block or manipulate search results in your country?

Blood_Axis
Monday, November 10th, 2008, 07:05 PM
No (at least not that I'm aware of).

Siebenbürgerin
Monday, November 10th, 2008, 07:11 PM
Not yet. I'm saying not yet because the current Western model echoes here a little later than in other countries. But now we have a Holocaust denial law too, so pretty soon the censorship model from Germany will be here too. :(

Sigurd
Monday, November 10th, 2008, 07:45 PM
I haven't come across the United Kingdom censoring any sites so far - but I do recall that Google.co.uk remodelled a lot of the Search Results a few years back, because it was found that with News Items the BNP's news item always was listed at the top due to Nationalist's increased use of the internet to obtain their news information and the inavailability of daily news from a BNP perspective in the form of an actual newspaper. Google UK looked into it and re-arranged the Search Results, so that the BNP News Item would no longer come first.

QuietWind
Monday, November 10th, 2008, 08:35 PM
No.... but if you use platforms such as AOL then they do censor certain sites.

SwordOfTheVistula
Tuesday, November 11th, 2008, 08:20 AM
They had to do this because the governments of Germany, France, China, and other countries with similar views on free speech were suing them and threatening to not allow the companies to operate in that country at all unless they removed the 'offending' content. Google/Youtube has been targeted by the German government with legal action, and Yahoo has been targeted by the French and Chinese governments for allowing neo-nazi, Falun Gong, and other 'extremist' elements on their sites. Some websites are blocked entirely (unless you use proxies) by the German and Chinese governments, possibly others as well.

Hersir
Tuesday, November 11th, 2008, 08:34 AM
Havnt noticed any blocked sites here in Norway, if I encountered any I would just use a open webproxy to get around it:)

lei.talk
Tuesday, November 11th, 2008, 10:12 AM
Some websites are blocked entirely (unless you use proxies)...
...I would just use a open webproxy to get around it:)

Hauke Haien
Tuesday, November 11th, 2008, 10:43 AM
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Hersir
Tuesday, November 11th, 2008, 11:11 AM
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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008, 04:45 PM
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Nachtengel
Friday, June 17th, 2016, 10:11 PM
Google image searches for “three black teenagers” and “three white teenagers” get very different results, raising troubling questions about how racial bias in society and the media is reflected online.

Kabir Alli, an 18-year-old graduating senior from Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, Va., posted a video clip on Twitter this week of a Google image search for “three black teenagers” which turned up an array of police mugshots. He and friends then searched for “three white teenagers,” and found groups of smiling young people.

“I had actually heard about this search from one of my friends and just wanted to see everything for myself. I didn’t think it would actually be true,” Alli told USA TODAY. “When I saw the results I was nothing short of shocked.”

“I understand it’s all just an algorithm based on most visited pages but Google should be able to have more control over something like that,” Alli said.


http://www.dailystormer.com/multicult-fail-google-under-fire-for-racist-search-results/

Rothhammer
Saturday, June 18th, 2016, 05:42 AM
This is ridiculous. Do they want the most searched results or not? I'm sorry the reality of the situation isn't PC. I'm sorry we live in a world where "three black teenagers" always involves crime. At least I accept it as a fact of life.

SpearBrave
Saturday, June 18th, 2016, 11:06 AM
There was something similar to this with smart phone where you asked "Google, who runs Hollywood?" and it loudly proclaimed "The jews". Google or Android got it changed.



“I understand it’s all just an algorithm based on most visited pages but Google should be able to have more control over something like that,” Alli said.


This young black kid knows it is the truth, he also knows it is easier to cover up the truth and to change the way the world perceives his people. Blacks don't like being called out for their criminal behavior. After this many years the feral negro in America just wants to continue to commit crimes and not be held accountable for them.

I'm sure Google will change it, it is owned by jews.

SaxonCeorl
Saturday, June 18th, 2016, 01:33 PM
I remember something similar a while back where Google's image search algorithm, which finds photos that look similar to the one you're searching for, brought up an image of a gorilla to match a photo of a black person. Not gonna lie, I lol'd.



I understand it’s all just an algorithm based on most visited pages but Google should be able to have more control over something like that

Yes, let's expand the PC Police even more! Every picture of a black person should be a black person holding a Nobel Prize in one hand and a beaker of chemicals in another, with a degree from Harvard on the wall in the background. I mean, c'mon, there's tons of black people like that! Loads! Like, 6 or 7!

Actually it would be funny if Google took out all the negative photos and there were no relevant photos left to show. Either that or every photo is of Neil deGrasse Tyson :rofl

Schmetterling
Monday, August 21st, 2017, 06:05 PM
Gab.ai, the social media platform that was built as an alternative to Twitter, was banned on Google’s Play Store Thursday.

The move will make it impossible for users on Android phones and other Android-powered devices to use the app. According to Google Play Support, the app has been suspended and removed from Google Play as a “policy strike because it violates the hate speech policy” with links to the policy in question.

In December, the app — which bills itself as more welcome to free speech than Twitter — was previously rejected by Apple’s App Store. Gab was told by Apple representatives that the application “includes pornographic content” posted by users — despite how Twitter also features similar user-generated content.

The move to remove Gab from the Play Store follows in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia that left one woman dead.

Gab allows users across political spectrum to post politically incorrect speech. Much like Twitter itself, the platform hosts numerous individuals tied to the alt-right.

However, many high-profile personalities in the alt-right movement, including Richard Spencer, have opted to stick to Twitter as their main social platforms despite opening accounts on Gab. Spencer’s last post on Gab was eight months ago.

“Google has pulled Gab’s Android app from the Google Play Store for ‘hate speech,’” wrote Andrew Torba, the creator of Gab. “This is war.”
Source (http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/17/google-play-bans-twitter-alternative-gab-ai-app-over-hate-speech/)

What do you think this move means for free speech and politically incorrect speech as a whole? Can someone really win the war against companies like Google or Apple? Of course, nationalists and truthers can stop using Google/Apple, however what about reaching new or fence-sitter audience?Please share your thoughts.

Hersir
Saturday, August 26th, 2017, 06:56 PM
A lot has happened in the last weeks, the great shuttering... I'm surprised there are not more debate and outage about private companies having more and power on the Internet to shut people out. Dailystormer has been removed from several hosts, while pedo and Islamic sites still receive great protection.

Verðandi
Friday, April 27th, 2018, 02:54 AM
Study shows power of internet search results.

Alex Jones reveals how Google uses search manipulation to swing the preference of undecided voters by burying relevant results to keywords that would otherwise present negative Democrat info.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGXGkiPTH7w

Nachtengel
Wednesday, August 29th, 2018, 12:33 PM
If Big Tech were to have a political bias, which way do you think they would tilt? Is it to the Right or the Left?

With all the talk about Google being so impartial, one journalist did some searches, her results were pretty conclusive.

To test the premise, I performed a Google search for “Trump” using the search engine’s “News” tab and analyzed the results using Sharyl Attkisson’s media bias chart.Source: PJMedia

(Here is a copy of that chart)

https://clashdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Screen-Shot-2017-04-23-at-1.43.33-PM.png

If Google is as impartial as they would say it is, the ‘hits’ Google comes back with on a search for, say, news on ‘Trump’ should be more-or-less an even split between left and right leaning sources.

Is that how it shook out? What do you think Will?

Exactly.

I expected to see some skewing of the results based on my extensive experience with Google, but I was not prepared for the blatant prioritization of left-leaning and anti-Trump media outlets. Looking at the first page of search results, I discovered that CNN was the big winner, scoring two of the first ten results. Other left-leaning sites that appeared on the first page were CBS, The Atlantic, CNBC, The New Yorker, Politico, Reuters, and USA Today (the last two outlets on this list could arguably be considered more centrist than the others).

Not a single right-leaning site appeared on the first page of search results.

But it got much, much worse when I analyzed the first 100 items that Google returned in a search for news on “Trump.”

CNN, by a wide margin, appeared most frequently, with nearly twice as many results returned as the second-place finisher, The Washington Post. Other left-leaning outlets also fared well, including NBC, CNBC, The Atlantic, and Politico. The only right-leaning sites to appear in the top 100 were The Wall Street Journal and Fox News with 3 and 2 results respectively.

PJ Media did not appear in the first 100 results, nor did National Review, The Weekly Standard, Breitbart, The Blaze, The Daily Wire, Hot Air, Townhall, Red State, or any other conservative-leaning sites except the two listed above.
Source: PJMedia

Maybe you’re thinking — it’s a customized search history thing.

Nope. The experiment was tried on a number of different machines. Different logins. Different circumstances.

They’re clearly filtering out voices on the right. In an election year.

What could possibly go wrong? But RUSSIA is the ‘real’ threat to an unimpeded democratic process.

Feel free to see if, for example, Bing and Duck-Duck-Go serve you better.https://clashdaily.com/2018/08/someone-put-googles-supposed-political-impartiality-to-the-test-here-are-the-results/

Nachtengel
Wednesday, August 29th, 2018, 12:36 PM
Is Google manipulating its algorithm to prioritize left-leaning news outlets in their coverage of President Trump? It sure looks that way based on recent search results for news on the president.

Conservatives and Trump supporters have for the last several years questioned whether Google was deprioritizing conservative news sites, hiding them from users who utilize their search engine. Google has maintained that all outlets are treated fairly, but nevertheless, conservative sites have reported reduced search traffic and, in the case of Google-owned YouTube, content creators have been banned and demonetized. Google's high-profile firing of conservative James Damore, purportedly over his conservative political views, only reinforces the idea that Google is picking winners and losers.

To test the premise, I performed a Google search for "Trump" using the search engine's "News" tab and analyzed the results using Sharyl Attkisson's media bias chart.

I expected to see some skewing of the results based on my extensive experience with Google, but I was not prepared for the blatant prioritization of left-leaning and anti-Trump media outlets. Looking at the first page of search results, I discovered that CNN was the big winner, scoring two of the first ten results. Other left-leaning sites that appeared on the first page were CBS, The Atlantic, CNBC, The New Yorker, Politico, Reuters, and USA Today (the last two outlets on this list could arguably be considered more centrist than the others).

Not a single right-leaning site appeared on the first page of search results.

But it got much, much worse when I analyzed the first 100 items that Google returned in a search for news on "Trump."

CNN, by a wide margin, appeared most frequently, with nearly twice as many results returned as the second-place finisher, The Washington Post. Other left-leaning outlets also fared well, including NBC, CNBC, The Atlantic, and Politico. The only right-leaning sites to appear in the top 100 were The Wall Street Journal and Fox News with 3 and 2 results respectively.

PJ Media did not appear in the first 100 results, nor did National Review, The Weekly Standard, Breitbart, The Blaze, The Daily Wire, Hot Air, Townhall, Red State, or any other conservative-leaning sites except the two listed above.

Here are the sites that appeared most frequently in the top 100 results.

https://static.pjmedia.com/trending/user-content/51/files/2018/08/chart-3.png

As you can see, CNN has a disproportionate number of articles returned when searching for "Trump" — nearly 29 percent of the total. In fact, left-leaning sites comprised 96 percent of the total results.

https://static.pjmedia.com/trending/user-content/51/files/2018/08/chart-4.png

I performed the search a multiple times using different computers (registered to different users) and Google returned similar results. While not scientific, the results suggest a pattern of bias against right-leaning content.

Google is secretive about its algorithm, although the company does say that a variety of factors — around 200 of them, according to Google — go into how pages are ranked. In fact, a whole science has developed — called search engine optimization (SEO) — that purports to help sites become more visible in Google search results. Factors such as the relevance of the topic, the design of the website, internal and external links, and the way articles are written and formatted all can affect a site's Google traffic. Google is constantly tweaking their algorithm, and a website's traffic prospects can rise or fall depending on the changes. PJ Media's Google search traffic, for example, dropped precipitously after a May 2017 algorithm change. We have yet to recover the lost traffic. Other conservative sites have reported similar drops in traffic.

"Can I Rank," an SEO company in San Francisco, also found an anti-conservative bias in Google search results. The company studied over 1,200 URLs that ranked highly in Google search results for politically-charged keywords like "gun control," "abortion," "TPP," and Black Lives Matter" and then assessed whether there was a political slant to the articles.

"Among our key findings were that top search results were almost 40% more likely to contain pages with a 'Left' or 'Far Left' slant than they were pages from the right," Can I Rank found. "Moreover, 16% of political keywords contained no right-leaning pages at all within the first page of results."

They sampled 2,000 results and found that searchers are 39 percent more likely to be presented with left-leaning articles.

For some keywords, the disparity was even more pronounced. Someone searching for "Republican platform," for example, would see the official text of the platform followed by seven left-leaning results that were critical of the platform.https://pjmedia.com/trending/google-search-results-show-pervasive-anti-trump-anti-conservative-bias/

Aeternitas
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019, 05:26 PM
Google's Left-Leaning Media Bias Revealed: Academic Study Exposes How Search Engine Massively Over-Promotes Results From Liberal News Websites Over Right


Stories from only 20 media outlets were featured in Google's Top Stories box in November 2017
62 percent of those outlets were considered to be left-leaning media sources
CNN accounted for 10 percent of the news promoted, The New York Times made up 6.5 percent and The Washington Post accounted for 5.6 percent
By contrast, Fox stories made up only three percent of the 6,302 articles
Google uses an algorithm to decide what goes in its Top Stories box
It is based largely on the popularity of a topic or of a viewpoint
The search engine has denied that it deliberately promotes left-leaning sites
It now has unprecedented power over what is promoted and how much traffic it sends to sites given Facebook's recent scale back on news

Google's bias towards left-wing media outlets has been laid bare by an algorithm which detected that it favors sites including CNN and The New York Times over others.

According to data compiled by researchers from Northwestern University, the search engine promoted those sites over others repeatedly in November 2017.

Of the 6,302 articles that appeared in Google's 'top stories' page that month after a term was searched, more than 10 percent were by CNN.

The New York Times was the second most favored and accounted for 6.5 percent of articles. The Washington Post was third with 5.6 percent.

By contrast, Fox News, the most right-wing outlet in mainstream media, was the source of just three percent of the stories which appeared.

https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/05/12/14/13400590-7020081-image-a-1_1557666660685.jpg

Nearly all (86 percent) of the stories came from just 20 sources and of them, 62 percent were considered to be left-leaning.

The research sheds new light on the unprecedented power the search engine has in influencing the external traffic to news sites, a hot topic in the worlds of media and politics given Facebook's recently reduced output.

For example, the researchers found that CNN got a 24 percent bump in traffic as a result of having its stories featured in the 'Top Stories' box.

The most featured sources, in order, were CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox News, BBC, USA Today, LA Times, The Guardian, Politico, ABC News, CBS News, NPR, NBC News, CNBC, Reuters, Huffington Post, The Verge, Al Jazeera, The Hill and People.

For some stories there was a shortage of sources but a search for Rex Tillerson, the former Secretary of State, turfed up stories from 38 sources.

Despite the plethora of sources, 75 percent of the promoted stories about Tillerson came from The New York Times and CNN, the researchers found.

https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/05/12/14/13400588-7020081-image-a-2_1557666693578.jpg

The data also revealed that while left-leaning sites produced more articles on any given subject (2.2 times as many as those on the right), Google's Top Stories selection seemed to inflate the difference.

'In Google Top Stories, that ratio was 3.2, indicating that the curation algorithm was slightly magnifying the left-leaning skew,' Nicholas Diakopoulos, one of the two researchers, writes in The Columbia Journalism Review.

The issue of search engine and social media bias towards media has long been a source of contention in the news industry but it became a mainstream point of concern during the 2016 election when Facebook banned right-wing media outlets that were favored by Trump supporters.

Since then, amid a crisis of allowing fake and nefarious news sites perpetuated largely by Russian bots, Facebook has announced that it will focus less on news articles and more on its users personal interactions.

The decision sent shockwaves through media outlets which had relied on the traffic Facebook sent its way and it afforded even more power to Google.

The search engine has always denied that it operates under any political bias and insists that its Top Stories are chosen by an algorithm which detects popularity.

At a congressional hearing in December last year, CEO Sundar Pichai denied that it was and sought to explain how the alogrithm works.

'I understand the frustration at seeing at negative news. What is important here is we use a robust methodology to reflect what is being said about any given topic and we try to do it objectively using a set of rubrics.

'It is in our interest to reflect what is happening out there,' he said.

While it may not deliberately manipulate results to favor left-wing outlets, the result is that it undoubtedly promotes more left-of-center content to its millions of users.

A spokesman for the company said: 'We have no insight into the methodology these researchers used. Other researchers have found exactly the opposite.

'The fact is that like Google search and Google News, our top stories feature has absolutely no signal for a story's political point of view and simply reflects the overall corpus of news and information on the web.'
Source (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7020081/Googles-left-wing-media-bias-CNN-New-York-Times-Washington-Post-favorites.html)