Friday, December 20, 2013

Google: More Gov’t Pressure than Ever to ERASE Political Content from Web

Melissa Melton
Activist Post

Ever wondered why you can’t find a post from your favorite alternative media website on the world’s most famous search engine?

The Register is reporting a pressure surge from politicians, judges, cops and the like to remove material from Google that’s 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. That’s 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 isn’t 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. It’s as if none of that stuff ever happened. China has essentially erased the online history books.

That’s what happened in George Orwell’s 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.

Don’t 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…)

It’s 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.

Melissa Melton is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared, and a co-creator of Truthstream Media. Wake the flock up!



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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think it was back in March that a UN commission labelled the Obama administration as committing acts of aggression against other nations without cause.

That report was censored by American media.

Anonymous said...

I haven't used Google for about 6 months. I use anonymous search engines like Startpage.com.

Hide Behind said...

Oh, now Google is a good guy, because thry report how many individual issues they pull and no one stands up and tellsthem;" They are part of this Fascist Government by choice , so
quit pretending you give a fly"n .....
You took the Govs money and volunteered your services to fuc... over and handover, everyone and anyone , s privacy that Gov wanted .
Now that free speech is dead and your groupies pockets are full, congtats you low lifes.
We are F'd, and by now everyone with an I Q above is waking up to the fact they havevin where thry can turn to trust.
You got paid to lay down, get on knees or just bend over, so quit pretending you give a damn what gov wants, Yours is a world Class Whore House, Baby.
To all the old truth sayers of internet that paid own ways with cash and integrity only tp be thouroughly dismissed and abused by those you tried to inform; I thank you; There be none
like you left today.

Anonymous said...

I noticed several years ago Google changed its algorithms making it more difficult to find information on the general categories of government and corporate corruption. Even independent consumer reviews on products and companies are harder to find unless one wants to rely exclusively on Amazon and with Bezo's recent $600 million contract with the CIA, Amazon as the sole source of product reviews is another 1984 parallel. (Note, Bezo's purchase of the Washington Post also fits in with the censorship theme.) It's definitely an incremental slide towards memory holes and Newspeak.

Hide Behind said...

When you sign up to vote, you damn well better, just be sure you do; Because if you do not what does that make you?
Some where in Utah a bright kid will be sighing bored watching the results, will he have a switch at finger tips that can predict who won before firs vote is spun?
Or will this s/he and other clones get to push the envelopes this one sneaks a flip and then another across in seperate cubes they will battle it out for president of any nation or all nations in fact.
The results of course before all counted, 0r they will pretend until almost the end, that everyone registered voted, and no one will miss those who did not.

Anonymous said...

Ok, so we need to make it clear to google, that today is decision day, either they are with us or against us and if they choose "against us" then we enmass boycott google. If this is going to be war, then it has to hurt both sides, not just our side. Its time to start pushing back enmass, together against these evil perveyors of Satanic perversions. ITS TIME THIS STARTED TO COST THEM. If you have google blogspot, switch to another blog spot and get away from google. Then change email providers away from Google. Same with any one else, there are others overseas that serve us here. Give google 30 day notice to make up their minds and decide. I bet this is why Schmidt resigned as CEO.

I noticed the quality of their computer work has dropped dramatically. So it won't be that big of a loss to us.

Anonymous said...

Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon is very good at censoring people that oppose his progressive views. I thought balance was supposed to be created between debate on both sides. They no longer want opposition let alone debate. They remove it from the internet and then they spend less time covering their ass and more time to plan the next big rip-off, without any risk to their position. Sickening.

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