Uh Oh, this is not good (22 Nov, 2017)

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Uh Oh, this is not good (22 Nov, 2017)

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:07 am

This column is archived at: http://aardvark.co.nz/daily/2017/1122.shtml

Just how much other stuff is Google doing to shape our views, opinions, perspectives, knowledge and beliefs by way of its very selective "optimisation" of search results and the way it promotes materials that might suit its corporate objectives whilst demoting things that might earn it favour in political circles?

Has Google really become too big, too pervasive, too powerful to be left to its own devices?

When did they start ignoring their own "do no evil" mantra?

What is the solution to a situation where one single corporation has such control over the minds of so man billions of people?
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Re: Uh Oh, this is not good (22 Nov, 2017)

Postby Greg » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:24 am

Google + Mugabe? They'll both have their fall.
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Re: Uh Oh, this is not good (22 Nov, 2017)

Postby DigiDog » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:23 am

It's a question of credibility Bruce. RT is fully funded by the Kremlin to distribute Russian PR. As such, it would be difficult for any rational person to view the channel as an unbiased news source.

As a news junkie I used to check out RT every now for the Russian perspective on world events, but that changed following Russia's invasion of Crimea, their military involvement in the attacks in Ukraine, and especially the shooting down of MH17 over Ukraine. The day the official Dutch enquiry was released, RT screened hours of alternative misinformation, including a full-sized mockup of a 777 to "prove" that the Buk missile wasn't fired by their troops. It was pure government-sponsored bullshit, worthy of distain.

The same should apply to the Daily Mail in the UK as well as Fox News and Breitbart in the US. Any "news" source which consistently fails basic fact checking, choosing instead to propagate blatant lies for political reasons should not rank well in Google searches. It's not as if the sites have disappeared from the net... they just appear lower in searches because their credibility is at best doubtful. I fully support Google's stand on this one.

aardvark_admin wrote:When did they start ignoring their own "do no evil" mantra?

They dropped that mantra back in 2015.
http://time.com/4060575/alphabet-google-dont-be-evil/
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Re: Uh Oh, this is not good (22 Nov, 2017)

Postby bacchusnz » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:38 am

Hi Bruce,

I just watched this on Youtube "10 Reasons You Should Be AFRAID of GOOGLE" https://youtu.be/WWDmelZxgoI It has also been demonetized.

It is very interesting on what they are doing and they also mention this.
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Re: Uh Oh, this is not good (22 Nov, 2017)

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:45 pm

That's quite interesting... great minds think alike on this one ;-)
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Re: Uh Oh, this is not good (22 Nov, 2017)

Postby Screw » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:34 am

There is http://www.Yandex.com The Duck uses it's search function and strips the headers off.
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Re: Uh Oh, this is not good (22 Nov, 2017)

Postby Perry » Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:34 am

Bruce wrote:However, I suspect that the vast majority of Joe Public are not quite so aware of what's going on . . .

It's scary how many of the great unwashed think that gooble is the Internet, the same people who could not type in a URL address in a browser to save themselves.
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