Published on November 18th, 2016 | by I Am Awake0
“Fake news” is Google’s latest witch hunt on discourse
Google has announced plans to clamp down on “fake news” sites due to their purported influence on the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election in what appears to be another move to suppress views that counter their own.
Tech giants have received “a backlash over the role they played in the U.S. presidential election by allowing the spread of false and often malicious information that might have swayed voters toward Republican candidate Donald Trump”, according to Reuters.
Google recently told the BBC that “we did not get it right” on algorithms that dared showed alternative news websites’ stories high up on their search lists and that “we will work to fix it”, said the company’s chief executive Sundar Pichai.
Yet, this is not the first time Google have sought to forcefully control the public mindset, with its recent Orwellian ‘ministry of truth’ one of many such instances, which ranks the internet not by popularity but based only on what the company deems to be factual.
The cozy relationship of Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt with the Democratic Party is well-documented and raises further alarm bells as to the sudden need to control what the public is reading.
In 2014, Schmidt drew up a campaign plan for Hillary Clinton, a year before she announced she was running for president, as revealed by WikiLeaks and was interested in assuming the role of “head outside advisor”.
In late 2015, Quartz wrote about how a startup funded by Schmidt had the aim of cultivating elite engineering talent to help her win in 2016.
Yet more revealing is that Alphabet Inc, the parent company of Google, co-founded by Schmidt, contributed $1.3million to the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign. And most recently, he was pictured at a Hillary rally wearing a campaign “staff” badge.
Additionally, the origins of the list of ‘fake news’ sites and just what message this sends is exactly what those on the left have been accused of during recent big elections; that their inability, or disinterest, in finding out the concerns of those who share different opinions is the reason for their undesired outcomes.
The list of 100 such sites doing the rounds on social media was produced by a self-proclaimed feminist activist, and seems to directly target conservative websites.
While there are plenty of questionable sites on the list, two prominent conservative outlets whose articles and videos gain millions of hits also feature – Infowars and Breitbart. This is not to claim that they do not exaggerate a story from time to time, but to single out these massively influential, professionally-run establishments is an instant red-flag for those conscious of a liberal aim to shut down any dissenting opinion.
The fact that this target of conservative sites comes after an election campaign which saw disgraceful coverage from the liberal media, with the likes of Vox, Slate and the Huffington Post, who too earn millions of views, smeared any comment made by Trump while putting a positive spin on anything Hillary shows that this attempted suppression of sites has a clear agenda.
This list is made more concerning after an election which revealed how big mainstream media outlets had a tight-knit relationship with the Clinton campaign, as revealed by WikiLeaks.
As Paul Joseph Watson outlines in his latest video, while there are indeed fake sites, this push to ban certain outlets holds a clear bias. And the fact that mainstream media channels, which have been found lying about major topics of the past such as about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq that led to hundreds of thousands of deaths, underpins the fact there is a clear attempt at sabotage
Many hold that the reason for more right-wing outcomes in big recent elections is due to the left’s inability to listen to the other side of the debate, yet this latest frenzy to quash any dissenting opinion shows that there is no sign of them changing their ways and, coupled with Google’s bid to clamp down on counter-opinions, sets a worrying precedent for the future.