The Daily Caller has a report concerning a debate among employees at Google about how to manipulated search results to disfavor politically incorrect websites. The report says they have copies of communications showing that The Daily Caller and Breitbart were specifically targeted.
The report quotes a Google employee as saying, “I think we have a responsibility to expose the quality and truthfulness of sources,” as justification for manipulating search results. The report quotes a Google spokeswoman saying that the conversation did not lead to manipulation of search results for political purposes.
“This post shows that far from suppressing Breitbart and Daily Caller, we surfaced these sites regularly in our products. Furthermore, it shows that we value providing people with the full view on stories from a variety of sources,” the spokeswoman told TheDCNF in an email.
“Google has never manipulated its search results or modified any of its products to promote a particular political ideology. Our processes and policies do not allow for any manipulation of search results to promote political ideologies.”
I’ve switched to DuckDuckGo as my default search engine.
UPDATE—The Intercept has a post up about Google’s work on Dragonfly, a search engine for China that would censor broad categories of information about human rights, democracy, and peaceful protest.
The project, as it was then specified, was not something I could sign off on in good conscience.
Read the whole thing.