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Written on January 19th, 2012 by | 21 Comments

Forget the Internet Filter Bubble: It’s called Censorship

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The bottom line is we are not seeing all of the information that’s out there.

We are only seeing what Google and Facebook decide what they think we should see.

Back in the good old cold war days they used to call it censorship. Today we call it social media.

Not all censorship is equal, nor does censorship always arise from government or external forces.

Definition of Censorship:

Censorship – the control of the information and ideas circulated within a society.

Like myself, you have probably been reading about Google’s watering down of quality content and pushing it’s Google+ agenda down our throat in the search results pages.

Tragically though Google’s apologia for censoring (I mean filtering) our content is sounding a lot like Joseph Stalin’s whitewashing of the Gulag. But either way you look at it our content is now in jail.

To add a little comedic relief to a serious subject check this out (mental illness in a nutshell). According to Mark Zuckerberg in the video:

A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.

Well that was a nice analogy there Zuck. As always you impress with what a deep guy you are. What else should we expect from a guy who lives by the credo “eat what you kill“.

If I may be so bold to add my own analogy — a pile of poop by any other name would smell just as bad. (You may quote me on that). No matter what name you try call it — it’s all the same.

But I digress … Sorry bud, I don’t buy it. Or to put it more succinctly:

Filtering = Censorship

Big Brother Google

Filtering search information is a form of Censorship. Just saying.

Go ahead and try to silver tongue your way around it all you want Google and Facebook, but what you are doing is self-serving and evil. You are manipulating the flow of information for your advertisers. Not for our benefit. Plain and simple.

Social Search is a Marketer’s Wet Dream. 

Thanks just the same but I don’t want search information tailored just for me. I want my information totally unvarnished and without bias. Neither do I want my privacy violated for all the world to see.

What about you?

Is that the kind of web you want ? Do you want a nutcase/corporation filtering censoring your information for you?

Me neither.

Trust. What Trust? 

Ironically, for all the talk about “TRUST” in Social Media … there is NO more trust. Google is destroying any credibility that it may have had by perverting the SERPS with it’s Googleplus infestation.

For a search engine that was once renowned for it’s accurate and intuitive search results, it seems to be in a hurry to undo all that.

It’s Social Networking Armageddon.

Crazy.

I remember a time when Google went to great lengths to respect our privacy and make search results fair and impartial. With their new motto ‘Search Plus Your World’, the era of “privacy“, “fair” and “impartial” has now come to an end.

Plaaaay Ball. 

What really burns my ass is Google says if you don’t want to play by our rules, then just don’t play.

Sounds fair, right? But Google has a monopoly on search and is now fudging the results with its Google Plus network. So if you don’t play ball you’re screwed.

Google is on self destruct.

Talk about an abuse of authority. Here’s hoping the DOJ and other regulatory bodies will have something to say about that.

I hate to say I told you so but I foretold this a long time ago. So I’m off to go search engine shopping.

Check this out – StartPage. Wadda ya think?

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  1. I am going to say, if Google is going to be fair and just in what they are doing, they need to show ALL relevent information from ALL the established social networks so that people are given a chance to make a more informed decision on what they want to find out and from everything you have said and through the links you have given I have to agree with what you are saying!

    Now….

    wow that search engine is very kewl! and totally private? I have had some fun exploring it and say…WOW…I hope others go and explore it also. I recommend that people not be taken back when they see that it is “enhanced by Google” and make sure to read the details ( I am laughing here by the way as I like the way they are operating)

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    Reply by: BB at 10:40 am said...

    @Diane ( Blogneta), StartPage has been my default search engine for a long time now. What I especially like about it is it piggy-backs off Google without the BS filtering, ads or tracking that goes with Google. In effect what it does is it filters out Google’s filters so you get the pure search results without any of the manipulation by Google. It has safety and privacy features in the options that are unsurpassed and is well worth checking out. I highly recommend it.

    Google is not interested in fairness. It is all about dominating the web and marketing, and it is pulling out all the stops to achieve that end.

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    Reply by: Diane ( Blogneta) at 11:47 am said...

    @BB, well I hope you don’t mind but I have been sharing StartPage with some others ( giving you all the credit by the way) and so far I am liking it …a whole bunch!

    A great find and ty ty ty for sharing with the world!

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  2. This is a really disturbing feature of Internet Search, and one that annoys me intensely as it serious impacts my research ability.

    A further concern is if this same approach is applied to local “file / document” system search solutions i.e. SharePoint for example.

    Does anybody know if these algorithms have found their way down to this level?

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    Reply by: BB at 6:11 pm said...

    @Paul White, unless a site has exclusions in its robots.txt file to not crawl it is all fair game to Googlebot.

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