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Google has changed their algorithm so that it actively suppresses "misinformation" when "bad events" are taking place. This is pretty big news if you're interested in free speech or the free flow of information. Nobody in the media treated it that way.

In fact, you probably didn't see it at all. Almost no papers covered it and the major one that did, The Guardian, buried back in the "science and technology" section.

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The idea that Google suppresses "misinformation", and boosts "authoritative voices" is not new. We already know they do that. The new part is that they will do it in real-time, they will respond to "tragic events" by focusing more on blocking "misinformation" at "criticial times".

Pandu Nayak, the Google representative interviewed for the article, summed it up thus:

we have developed algorithms that recognise that a bad event is taking place and that we should increase our notions of 'authority', increase the weight of 'authority' in our ranking so that we surface high quality content rather than misinformation in this critical time here."

He is directly referencing mass shootings in the Sandy Hook vein, but he could just as well be talking about terrorist attacks, natural disasters, election results or war.

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When he says "high quality content" (sic) he means corporate media. When he says "authority", he means government sources.

Essentially, Google the most powerful company on Earth is going to be tightening its control on the flow of information when important news is breaking.

This is a step backwards for the internet, and the world. And it's a direct response to challenges to state-backed narratives in multiple theatres of information warfare.

Take the Gulf of Oman incident. Compare and contrast: The Gulf of Oman, the USS Maine and the Gulf of Tonkin. The similarities are obvious, I won't bother explaining.

The difference? Real-time flow of facts. Social media allowed people to comment on the flaws in the narrative instantly. The internet lets people see/hear Iran's side of the narrative quickly and easily.

That open communication is the difference between a propagandised populace baying for blood, and an informed public asking the right questions. The difference between "historical realisation" decades after the fact, and instantaneous fact-checking. The difference between war and peace.

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The almost-war with Iran is just the most recent example. Going back years now "official narratives" have faced a heretofore unknown level of challenge. The sheer number of people calling BS on the Skripal affair and the Douma chemical attack prevented a stronger reaction to both those false flags.

The war in Syria didn't happen. The war in Iraq did. People believed babies were thrown out of incubators, but never bought that Assad had gassed his own people. All because of the direct channel of communication between people who know the truth and the people who want the truth.

That's the channel Google are trying to close. Google, and Facebook, and Twitter and everyone else.

And, of course, the press cheers them on. Demanding we have our rights taken away for the sake of freedom, and applauding when some massive corporate conglomeration places yet another restriction on the liberty of the individual.

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That's okay, Google, Facebook, Twitter... all of ya. Go ahead and completely ruin it for your unencrypted and centralized venues. Personally, I can't wait to see that happen.

The sooner you do that, the sooner people will migrate to better services that are decentralized and encrypted, and completely out of your control.

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I was just about to say that. I still wish you would write an article on alternatives to all of the above - especially youtube, which has erased millions of videos that offered evidence and truthful interpretations of events. why anyone posts on youtube anymore I do not understand. it is useless. vpns are probably the way to go now.but we all need help in finding and using those. maybe you can help with that. Both Epic and Firefox get stuck on me, but I also downloaded opera and freenet. I have not used google as a search engine in many years. duckduckgo does not censor alternative news so seems to be the best search engine. but you know much more about this subject than I do. hint. I urge all readers to get their news exclusively from RT online from now on. radio free russia. the only uncensored news remaining on the planet.

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Agreed, 100%. I have several search engines in my tool bar and hop around a lot. Amazing the differences in results. I do note that Google Advanced Search still comes up with other things otherwise not found. At least sometimes.

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"...I still wish you would write an article on alternatives..."

Alternatives have been emerging for a few years. Searches can be done...

Alternatives to Facebook

Alternatives to YouTube

There's also LBRY

Even Jordan Peterson might launch an alternative to Patreon

(Not saying that last one is anything I'm interested in.)

When Facebook first came in, there was nothing like it, and people didn't really know what it was, until they got curious enough to join. But at that time, there was only Facebook. This time around, there's a whole bunch of fresh startups, none of which yet have the adoption rate that Facebook enjoyed, of course. (That will change soon enough!)

Some are encrypted, some are decentralized, some are both. Some are still centralized, but give the promise of not collecting your data or screwing with your content.

I'm still watching these developments myself, and I urge everyone to do the same. Writing articles is fine, but it's actually more important to expose yourselves to these things directly. They're out there. You don't have to join any of them at this point. Just pick one at a time, and spend a little time getting acquainted with it, how it works, etc.

Lee Camp has mirrored much of his stuff to multiple alternative platforms, such as Minds (encrypted), Steemit (decentralized), with the idea that he will always have a venue, either when the mainstream "encumbents" censor him, or if any of the new ones fail for any reason.

Lots of people we were following online are doing the same. It's exciting, when you think about it. Might as well have some fun with it! And, it will only get better when people start adopting these services and supporting them enough to improve and grow with the users' needs. Like Facebook did, but without the selling you out part.

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"encumbents" should be "incumbents".

(I gotta slow down sometimes.)

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I've been looking into youtube alternatives for a while but not finding the sources that were erased from youtube - all political and many on controversial subjects (false flags, assassinations, war lies, one world government plots). We need a site that devotes itself to censored material. None in the group you linked seems to do that, but let me know if I am wrong about that.

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I found a site that is holding youtube purged videos.archive.org

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You mean the Wayback Machine, right?

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Since these platforms all quite new, I would think it would take some time before people who were banned from YouTube would be that visible. This would be particularly in the case of those who were banned out of the blue and had their content wiped out, as that would mean rebuilding their worlds, unless they had backed it all up (something countless people still don't seem to do, for some reason).

Some people who were dependent on YouTube/Google revenue may be mulling over their new models, and working out the monetization aspect, since they're going to have to rely on different schemes.

Many of these people are even still clinging to the idea of getting YouTube to reinstate their accounts. Not everybody understands what is happening very well.

I'm sure there's lots of factors at play here. The bottom line is, new stuff takes time to catch on, and those who build their worlds on this kind of thing will likely have learning curves and adjustments to go through. I don't expect all the missing YouTubers to materialize somewhere overnight. On the flipside, I'm sure we'll be getting some new ones in good time.

It took time for Facebook to gather steam.

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After Google+ dumped all the plebes last spring, some of my pals from there migrated to MeWe

I am still trying to set up over there, hoping to get free of Farcebook. I KNOW Facebook censors anything I try to share about Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning or anything about Venezuela in support of Maduro. Twitter still seems to publish most everything I share.

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Google is one of the things I hate myself for doing. Another is buying from Amazon, mostly books for Kindle.

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I have not been able to find anything at all on google for years. why I switched. Now I have only contempt for that corporation and hope that collectively we can bankrupt them.

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What Search Engine are you using? I have Startpage set as my Default,

but I sometimes use Google because Startpage is pathetic.

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I move around, now on epic, but also firefox and freenet. I have heard that opera does not track but have never used it.

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Still trying to figure out DuckDuckGo but my inquiries only got me regular advertisements about how great their service is with no useful instructions about changing over. Google OWNS me.

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When enough people start blocking their trackers, and stop using their "services" and share features, all these data-dependent companies will eventually fall. This will require a major reprogramming of the masses. Luckily, their own censorship and spying activities are actually beginning to accomplish that by evoking public outrage and resentment.

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Please oh please write an article explaining how to "block trackers" and get out of these data-dependent tyrants for those of us who aren't very good in navigating cyberspace.

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If you use Firefox, along with the Privacy Badger and AdBlock Plus plug-ins, that'll take care of a lot of that, even on default settings.

The rest may depend on your habits - what sites you see, what kinds of "share" buttons you might be clicking, what places you're signed into while going somewhere else, etc.


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I can vouch for this. I use HTTPS Everywhere as well.

May Google rot in Hell!!

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Also guilty.

(Of continuing to be a vassal of Google.) My hatred of Amazon kept me "pure" for a while but I broke fown and bought a Kindle.­čśö

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