How authentic are the results you’re getting from an online search of a controversial topic?
Not very, if you are using Google as your search engine, according to Breitbart and other news outlets.
The search engine giant has been manipulating search results on YouTube, selecting some pieces for display over others, even when the true results are different. According to Breitbart, Google has been tampering with YouTube search engine returns to push topics that favor a liberal agenda to the top of the results — and those that are pro-life or conservative off of the first page entirely.
The latest discovery comes after allegations that the search engine giant manipulated image search results to ensure that a picture of President Donald Trump was displayed as a first page result when the word “idiot” was searched. CEO Sundar Pihci was unable to come up with an answer when asked about the search.
“Now, manipulation of search results,” said Representative Zoe Lofgren. “I think it’s important to talk about how search works. Right now, if you Google the word ‘idiot’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up, I just did that. How would that happen? How does search work so that that would occur?” Pichi claimed that there was no intervention on Google’s part, the algorytn was to blame.
While the “idiot” results played for humor, the failure to return accurate results for controversial topics is far less so. According to an internal Google memo recently leaked to Breitbart. Results from YouTube on key topics like “abortion” were manually changed to repress conservative results and values. Negative information about anti-gun activist David Hogg was also blacklisted, making these videos more difficult to find, as were results on Ben Shapiro and pro-life topics.
Slate journalist April Glaser researched a piece for the liberal leaning publication and asked Google why so many results for “abortion” were pro-life. Within a day, Google manually changed the results to feature not the true top inquiries (which were pro-life advocating videos) but pro-abortion pieces from outlets like Buzzfeed and Vice. While the journalist initially felt results were pro-life, after she contacted Google about the story, the results changed dramatically.
According to Breitbart, the items that no longer made the top ten included personal observations by a former abortion doctor, personal accounts from women expressing regret and loss after the procedure and testimony from other pro-life conservatives and activists. These stories were pushed from their rightful place at the top (based on the actual search algorithm) and replaced with pro-abortion content just days after the journalist complained.
“[It] seems like we are pretty eager to cater our search results to the social and political agenda of left-wing journalists,” one Google employee said.
Videos about abortion were not the only topics blacklisted and manually interfered with by Google. Other results that were changed include negative topics or points of view about Maxine Waters and positive information or videos from conservatives like Ben Shapiro.
~ Conservative Zone