I was convinced this was deliberate manipulation in an attempt to suppress my site because of its criticism of the dominant big pharma/neurologist MS lobby. Some suggested I hire an expert to improve my search status, but the real problem wasn’t my computer incompetence (which is real) but politics. My site threatens the prevailing narrative of MS drug treatment. Big Money. Period. (I suppose I should take pride in finding myself singled out as a threat.)
Well, the following Wall Street Journal article reveals the truth about Google censorship to which this MS site has fallen victim.
18 nov. 2019Authored by Jerri-Lynn Scofield via NakedCapitalism.com, The WSJpublished a comprehensive investigation Friday, How GoogleInterferes With Its Search Algorithms and Changes Your Results, that provides fodder for ongoing or new antitrust investigations of the company, both in the US, and worldwide:"
I found the article on zero hedge for Nov 18, 2019.
As an example of how Google’s censorship has damaged sites far more prominent than mine WSJ lists the following ;
"How Google Interferes With Its Search Algorithms And Changes Your Results, Bombshell WSJ Report
by Tyler Durden
Mon, 11/18/2019 - 10:05
3 Zero Hedge
* wsws.org fell by 67 percent
* alternet.org fell by 63 percent
* globalresearch.ca fell by 62 percent
* consortiumnews.com fell by 47 percent
* socialistworker.org fell by 47 percent
* mediamatters.org fell by 42 percent
* commondreams.org fell by 37 percent
* internationalviewpoint.org fell by 36 percent
* democracynow.org fell by 36 percent
* wikileaks.org fell by 30 percent
* truth-out.org fell by 25 percent
* counterpunch.org fell by 21 percent
* theintercept.com fell by 19 percent
Authored by Jerri-Lynn Scofield via NakedCapitalism.com,"
Major points in the article.
« Google made algorithmic changes to its search results that favor big businesses over smaller ones, »
« Google engineers regularly make behind-the-scenes adjustments to other information the company is increasingly layering on top of its basic search results. »
« Despite publicly denying doing so, Google keeps blacklists to remove certain sites or prevent others from surfacing in certain types of results. »
« Google’s engineers have created algorithms and blacklists to weed out more-incendiary suggestions for controversial subjects, »
« contractors said Google gave feedback to these workers to convey what it considered to be the correct ranking of results, and they revised their assessments accordingly, »
« To repeat what I said above, the political bias extends beyond downranking conservative sites, to obscuring the output of other sites that also may have something to say. »
Back to me :
I count my site as having « something to say », being of value to giving an alternative take on treating MS which has been of real help to my readers. What appears to be censorship by Google in service to vested interests (Big Pharma/Neurologists/MRI clinics/manufacturers) is doing real harm to my fellow MS sufferers.
A political aside.
For some aberrant reason in the USA Google is considered to be on the political Left. A big business enterprise which so egregiously favours big money can in no way be considered a left wing entity. The terms left/right originated in the seating arrangement of the French Revolution National Assembly, the various elites seated to the right of the speaker, working people, radicals, the democrats with a small d to the left.
Today I would place all Conservatives, the GOP and Hillary Democrats on the Right along with Google, Facebook and Amazon. Alternative Healing advocates sit on the left as do the Democratic opposition to the Corporate Dems.
Take note that most if not all censored sites listed above provide a left wing alternative narrative to the prevailing MSM/Elite narrative.
Enough of that.
Wishing my readers a Healthy, Happy Holiday Season and New Year !!
Tags : Google, Wall Street Journal, search engine bias, algorithms