The Real Enemy of the People: Social Media and Google
By Bob Shanahan
President Donald Trump again went after the liberal internet goliaths of Facebook, Twitter, and Google Tuesday afternoon, saying they are “treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful.”
Trump went on to take direct aim at Google, telling reporters, “Google has really taken advantage of a lot of people and I think that’s a very serious thing and it’s a very serious charge. They better be careful because they can’t do that to people.”
Twitter continues to deny its liberal bias despite its shadow banning and silencing of conservative voices on its platform. The flamingly liberal Facebook did not return requests for comment, hiding behind Zuckerberg’s, “Senator, I’ll have my team get back to you” line. Google grotesquely denies that its search engine results prioritize anti-Trump news articles and restrict conservative publications from the world’s number one internet search company with 72.5 percent of the world’s market share.
As the president tweeted, “In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous.”
Paula Bolyard of PJ Media, the source of Trump’s 96 percent reference, went out to test the premise that Google censors and hides conservative news on its search engine. What she found confirmed what we have all known for some time. They are silencing conservative viewpoints and elevating liberal news outlets to craft their own narrative and deceive the American public.
She expected to see some skewing of the search results, but she “was not prepared for the blatant prioritization of left-leaning and anti-Trump media outlets.”
On the first page of search results for “Trump news,” no surprise, CNN was at the top with two of the first ten search results. Other liberal rags like CBS, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Politico, Reuters, and USA Today were also on the first page (though Reuters and USA Today are admittedly closer to the center).
“Not a single right-leaning site appeared on the first page of search results,” Bolyard writes. But it gets worse.
After she analyzed the first 100 items Google returned from her search for “Trump news,” CNN appeared most frequently with almost twice as many results as The Washington Post, which came in at second. Only The Wall Street Journal (3) and Fox News (2) had results in the top 100. No other conservative-leaning sites were listed outside of these two. Left-leaning sites comprised of 96 percent of the results.
Here are the sites that appeared most frequently in the top 100 results for Bolyard.
Bolyard performed the search many times using different computers registered to different people and Google still returned similar results. While she admits the level of research she performed is by no means scientific, it nevertheless strongly suggests a bias against conservative content.
Google regularly tweaks its secretive algorithm and a website’s daily readers can rise or fall depending on these changes. PJ Media, for example, fell off of Google users’ radars after a May 2017 change to the algorithm and have yet to recover the lost traffic. Other conservative and alternative news sites, like Investment Watch Blog, have reported similar declines in traffic as Facebook, Google, and Twitter continue to censor a point of view they find detestable. And whatever you think about Alex Jones, his removal from YouTube, Facebook, and Apple earlier this month was a frightening attack on free speech during these discouraging times. Google and social media are a politically correct utopian liberal monopoly and they are controlling what information Americans can see. This has to stop and Trump appears more than willing to go after them.
But will he?
This is a very important topic this week as Google, Facebook, and Twitter are all scheduled to testify before Congress next week to discuss censorship and election meddling. Facebook will be summoned to Capitol Hill for the third time in recent months and Google and Twitter will be going for its second. Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are confirmed to be attending the hearings.
How could Trump hurt Google?
Antitrust officials in Washington could investigate whether the Mountain View-based company is abusing its market dominance and using its internet search monopoly to suppress certain websites. Republican Congressmen could keep bringing the tech companies’ executives to Washington for more uncomfortable, high-profile hearings, and bad publicity. Or Trump’s accelerating attacks on Google could paint them as a partisan company and which could result in a loss of a sizable chunk of the conservative half of the country, forcing the company to make a financial decision to be more open to adopting a fair and balanced algorithm that lists all points of view.