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Google is filtering news for the wrong reason: opinion


The bottom line is that Google will downgrade any kind of content that can cause a backlash against it. — AFP

The bottom line is that Google will downgrade any kind of content that can cause a backlash against it. — AFP

We've known for a long time that Google makes content decisions, but recent moves in the direction of censorship are going too far. Unfortunately, it's hard to imagine a regulatory backlash given Google's victims: websites that no mainstream politician will defend. 

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google's parent company, Alphabet, told a conference on Nov 20 the company was working to engineer RT and Sputnik, the Russian propaganda channels, out of the Google News aggregator. “We don’t want to ban the sites,” Schmidt said. “That’s not how we operate. I am strongly not in favour of censorship. I am very strongly in favour of ranking. It’s what we do.”  

   

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