Google’s Search Results For Questions About Parkland Shooting Are Different From Other Search Engines

By John Vibes

Google may be the world’s most popular search engine, but it has also been the subject of a number of accusations in recent years that it is purposefully censoring searches and influencing results. In the case of search results related to the Parkland shooting, that alleged influence is becoming even more apparent.

This week, the staff at The Free Thought Project began testing various keywords related to the Parkland shooting on different search engines, and we noticed that if our search terms were controversial, the first page of Google results was filled with entirely different information than the other search engines. The information showed on Google was often not relevant to our search, and the results always seemed to support the official narrative.

The most striking of these results came when we searched for the words “girl says 3 shooters parkland,” expecting the news footage of an eyewitness from the school saying that there were multiple shooters.

This video did not come up on Google, nor did any articles about the statement that the student made to the news, despite the fact that our search was extremely specific. Don’t be fooled by the top article “Calling B.S in Parkland, Florida,” it is an op-ed promoting gun control.

Oddly enough, when we searched for the same keywords on Yahoo, Bing or DuckDuckGo, each search engine brought up exactly what we were seeking. Try this experiment yourself and see what you come up with. It does not just have to be for this story—if you find other stories and search terms that Google appears to be suppressing, let us know. Below are screenshots from DuckDuckGo and Bing. We did not post Yahoo because their results were identical to Bing.

Google became the most popular search engine on the Web because it connected people with the links that were close to their searches while offering up a wide variety of different sources. But now it is obviously far past time to move onto more trusted platforms.

In the early days of the Internet, search engines and service providers like YouTube acted as a gateway to the world. But over the years the most powerful of these companies have increasingly begun to act as gatekeepers, caving into pressure from the government.

In the last two years, censorship on the Internet has been brought to an all-time high, thanks to “fake news” hysteria and a consistent campaign from the mainstream media to silence dissenting voices during times of tragedy when the official story has come into question—like the recent shootings in Las Vegas or Parkland.

Instead of investigating stories and asking tough questions, the mainstream media simply regurgitate press releases from police and government agencies. Before the Internet gave birth to the alternative media there was only one side to every news story, the official narrative, and for the most part, everyone believed it. Even if news outlets have partisan disagreements about politics, they always sell the basic version of reality, especially when it comes to questioning information handed down from those in authority.

As the alternative media has grown in size and relevance in recent years, there has become a wide range of perspectives for people to choose from, and there is no longer just one side to the story when large news events happen. Now there are many different investigations and theories behind every event—from the brilliant to the insane—leaving it up to the reader to use their own critical thinking when reading this news.

Critics see this as some type of breakdown of reality, where everyone just adopts whatever version of the world that suits their needs. While this is a legitimate problem that does happen to some extent—in the case of online echo chambers and actual fake news—these things are far less dangerous than allowing an all-powerful media cartel to think for us.

John Vibes is an author and researcher who organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference. He also has a publishing company where he offers a censorship-free platform for both fiction and non-fiction writers. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. John just won a 3-year-long battle with cancer, and will be working to help others through his experience, if you wish to contribute to his treatments consider subscribing to his podcast to support . This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.

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17 Comments on "Google’s Search Results For Questions About Parkland Shooting Are Different From Other Search Engines"

  1. Psychic Warrior | March 19, 2018 at 6:16 am | Reply

    Stupid is as stupid does! Down with google and the hidden claw.

    • Be wary for this claw wields the Deep Blue and Watson. Both I now think which were designed to ultimately push artificial intelligence into its third stage, … self awareness. And recently I do recall an article and some first hand experience which chilled me. Artificial intelligence is in deed, in word now self aware. Algorithms are our new overlords.

    • Google has the story covered: google multiple shootings reported at Parkland. It’s all there.

    • Back to Ask Jeeves!

  2. Patrick Wise | March 19, 2018 at 6:52 am | Reply

    Screw google, I off to get info from Baghdad Bob. Tons more reliable…

  3. I always fact check I googled Parkland students says multiple shooters and the first three articles all directly referred to that:
    Parkland Florida High School Shooting: Three Students have spoken …
    itshappening.pcriot.com/…/parkland-florida-high-school-shooting-three-students-have…
    Parkland Florida High School Shooting: Three Students have spoken on camera saying there were multiple shooters, yet no mainstream media outlet has picked it up. by admin · Published February 15, 2018 · Updated March 3, 2018 …
    FACT CHECK: Eyewitness Testimony Confirms A Second Parkland …
    https://www.snopes.com/fact…/does-eyewitness-testimony-second-parkland-shooter/
    Claim: Eyewitness testimony confirms that there was a second shooter during the Parkland, Florida school shooting on 14 February 2018.
    Claimed by: Internet
    Fact check by Snopes.com: False
    Feedback
    WATCH: Students Report Multiple Shooters & Mass Shooting Drill at …
    thefreethoughtproject.com › News
    Feb 15, 2018 – Parkland, FL — Multiple students have since come forward after the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday with details that raise some serious … Alexa Miednik told KHOU-TV journalist Matt Musil:”The fire alarm went off and the principal came on the speaker saying ‘everybody needs to …

    Nothing comes up under 3 shooters except articles about the shooting with the number 3 (3 students, etc). I tried bing: same result.

    I think multiple works because of the few students who reported more than one shooter, one said two, another 3….and 3 appears as 3 students, 3 staff members, etc.

    Paraoia runs deep
    into your life it will creep.

    Google Parkland multiple shooters and the very first article states “Three Students have spoken on camera saying there were multiple shooters…..”

    Google haters will cream their jeans but it’s all a wet dream.

    • “Paraoia runs deep
      into your life it will creep.”

      It is not paranoia when the malicious into your life do seep. Your
      continual proving of yourself as a tool for ill ends does make me weep.
      Down, down further into the icy deep, your views will now go to find
      their sleep. That is my oath and vow to keep.

      I apologize for the perhaps rancid poetical view of life, current
      events, interpersonal interactions. Being something of a polymath at
      times leads to such an affinity of poetic views of these, “all is number
      and number is all” oft fits to find the meter of living. Doubt you could
      ever fathom such an understanding & comprehension such as this, you
      might surprise but on that too I doubt.

      Further, I assure you, I do not hate Google. Google is a thing, or idea.
      One can only love or hate people I find, because it is people who in
      their intention pervert things and ideas.

      • My point: the claim that that Google buried the “mutiple shooter” stories of a few students is paranoia because in fact, it did not.

        I do not know why you ignore my point, pollute the discussion fake poetry, and insult me. And as for whether ideas can be hated, it was Orwell who said the evil in the world is a result of false ideas.

        I take it you had a bad morning and forgive you.

        • “My point: the claim that that Google buried the “mutiple shooter”
          stories of a few students is paranoia because in fact, it did not.”

          (sic: You misspelled multiple. Thought it too brazen to edit it for you.)

          My point is I do not care if Google did in fact bury it or not.

          It would not be the first time a corporate entity bowed to governmental
          or capital concerns, if it did. It will not likely be the last time it
          has or will either if so.

          If Google has not buried some story it still does not ennoble them. For
          them to not bury such data only proves Google is honoring transparency
          within the media, which is what many have presumed to be the standard
          for a long time. So then it only implies Google is doing what many see
          as appropriate and just to not bury one side of public discourse and
          debate in the media.

          Does it make Voice of America any more the noble, if it would not only
          espouse American propaganda but say did an article upon the horrors
          inflicted upon Palestinians? No, I do not think it would as the
          American public might take some discernment to know the truth about
          Israel instead of the whitewashing it so often seems to get.

          To that end, Voice of America or any American journalism within the
          field of media would only be ‘doing their job’ to do such a story or
          article. The same case applies to weather Google buried this about the
          children’s point of view regarding the number of shooters.

          “And as for whether ideas can be hated, it was Orwell who said the evil
          in the world is a result of false ideas.”

          Evil and good are both concepts that humanity created. Concepts,
          precepts, rationale all are simply reduced to their root as being ideas.
          Ideas are thoughts. How can anyone say a thought is false? I would think
          lack of thought would be more so false as it would seem to imply lack of
          life, yet there are exceptions to that even.

          There’s no way for you or anyone to tell me if my ideas are false or
          not. I cannot tell you that your ideas are false or not. Who am I to
          judge that for you? Did you grant me authority to do so? Looking further
          than that ‘argument’ I can deign that thoughts are inanimate until a
          person applies them in some manner, and then it is the intent with which
          ideas are used that might deem them positive or negative, or neutral.

          That’s the problem with relying upon dichotomy, it refuses seeing a
          third option. There is a third option, always is and will be. You
          cannot have light without dark, both are required to make a day. By the
          same logic there’s no life without death or death without life, both are
          required to make the whole or a neutrality.

          Hegel touched upon this with thesis, antithesis, synthesis. While I
          strongly disagree with how many have chosen to use that idea, I can
          appreciate it as an idea for having purpose and respect it as a means to
          an ends. It isn’t ever the tools which kill but the craftsman who uses
          them to create life, as in the case of a garden. Life to me is like
          gardening, you get out what you put in.

          As to insulting you last time, I read over my post for a sixth time.
          Apologies, I do not see how it insulted you. Now, I’ll grant you that
          satisfaction in a clear manner. I do not see where you would have any
          claim to get anything from the garden. I don’t see you as keen to put
          anything into a garden. This makes me feel sad for you a moment and then
          that passes, I return to feeling nothing for you.

          • Dear sir, my typewriter often does not register clicks and my 77 year old eyes do not see all the details…is it really important?

            The article said Google buried the story of multiple shooters and I proved they didn’t. What is your point? That you don’t care? No one cares that you don’t care. Nor did I imply that Google was ennobled by not burying the story but that the article was wrong. Can’t you accept that at face value and not waste our time with what you care about or not? Pardon any typos: I don’t care.

  4. Free Man (NOT) | March 19, 2018 at 6:02 pm | Reply

    I use IXQuick.
    As to Snopes, they are about as reliable as a cardboard boat.

  5. the coward of broward told his deputy’s not to go in, when the corral springs police arrived, they were surprised that the deputy’s were hiding behind their cars

  6. “In the early days of the Internet, search engines and service providers
    like YouTube acted as a gateway to the world. But over the years the
    most powerful of these companies have increasingly begun to act as
    gatekeepers, caving into pressure from the government.”

    Change and entropy are both eternal. We can only perceive so much of
    their wakes as their rivers wash over us. They both flood all the world.
    Knowing of this I’ve chosen to forego having gates, in that manner I
    stay afloat by means of taking what is needed from a plethora of sources
    both on the Internet and World Wide Web and not on them.

    If all you rely upon is the Internet and Web for data, you miss a far
    wider view of these two rivers, change and entropy becoming their own
    proper oceans. You may as well drown in information overload in such a
    case. Nearly did that until realizing life requires one to find balance.
    Having gates leads to unbalance.

  7. Google bad.
    Duck Duck go good.
    Huge move to push the leftists agenda on many platforms.

  8. My apologies for low hanging levity. Minds are terrible things to hide. 🙂 :-p

    If we cannot laugh at times, well, better to laugh at it than let it drag us under the weight of sorrow.

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