In a bombshell revelation, Google has been exposed for censoring alternative media.
The allegations originated from investigative journalist Mike Cernovich, a lawyer, author, and controversial social media personality with an anonymous source working within Google.
According to the source and Mike’s claim, the search engine giant had instructed a third-party contractor to rate popular alternative media site Infowars.com as “low-medium” on the reliable website index, claiming its stories are “often debunked.”
As absurd and unethical as the allegations might sound, Google did not deny them—in fact they confirmed them to Business Insider:
In this instance, we have confirmed that a vendor we work with sent out more detailed instructions to some raters without our knowledge, which included references to specific sites. This is in conflict with the intent of our guidelines and the vendor has taken action to remove these references in their training module.
Essentially, the “vendor” is contracted by Google to objectively evaluate reliable information on the internet—but according to the search engine giant, they are not supposed to reference/blacklist specific sites, and instead only focus on the quality of content.
Google Admits Cernovich Had Another Scoop, Agrees to Stop Censoring InfoWars, Cernovich Accepts Apologieshttps://t.co/6LWZ0C0oS2
— Mike Cernovich ???????? (@Cernovich) April 18, 2017
Is this a genuine admission/apology or just Google covering their behinds?
These are the photos taken by Cernovich’s inside source, which allegedly show an email sent to all the “evaluation contractors” instructing them specifically to rate Infowars as “low-medium”:
According to Mike Cernovich:
The instructions to the contractors provide: InfoWars is not an ‘outright false’ website and is not ‘among the worst of the worst’; ‘There are a number of controversial, often debunked claims that the site regularly promotes’; InfoWars articles must be rated ‘Low to Medium.’
Earlier this year, Google vowed to fight fake news by hiring over 10,000 contractors to rate the quality of information using 200 pages of guidelines.
“We’re explicitly avoiding the term ‘fake news,’ because we think it is too vague,” said Paul Haahr, a senior Google engineer, “Demonstrably inaccurate information, however, we want to target.”
However, the the war on fake news is a ruse because rarely is the mainstream media targeted despite a lengthy history of patently false reporting—like the Iraq WMD fraud, among many others.