‘Clinton body count’ search request hidden by google

 

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Editor's Note
That a search engine, in a “free” and “open” society is blocking (or redirecting) searches is a chilling piece of news. It was bad enough when we found out that what come up on the front page of a google search could be purchased. Even that, while not surprising in a (monopoly) capitalist society where everything is seen as having a price, might have been acceptable IF google had made it blatantly clear that certain searches had been purchased and therefore took up the front page. Oh yeah, they STILL don’t let you know that unless folks can’t/won’t pay enough to get the “AD” removed.

What Google is doing in this instance is more subtle than outright censorship. Those “autocomplete” options don’t just save time, they affect one’s thinking about what one is searching for. It is a more subtle redirection of thought than outright censorship, and in that way it is perhaps more alarming.

Google hides ‘Clinton body count’ from search engine.

redirectionGoogle has altered its search algorithm to prevent searches for “Clinton body count” from auto-completing, despite the term auto-completing when typed in on virtually any other search engine.

The ‘Clinton body count’ is an infamous list of alleged murders connected to the Clintons.

When a web user searches for “clinton body” on Bing or Yahoo Search, the suggested results all relate to the Clinton body count controversy.

However, search for the same term on Google and “clinton body” only returns suggestions related to auto-repair shops, and nothing to do with the Clinton body count.

While Google may not be outright censoring the information (people can still search for “clinton body count”), the fact that the term does not auto-complete clearly suggests that the company has altered its algorithm to clean up “conspiracy theories” about Hillary.

That’s interesting given New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo’s demand that Google “fix” its search results by censoring information about Hillary’s ill health so as not to “give quarter to conspiracy theorists”.

Back in June it was revealed by SourceFed that Google was indeed manipulating its search results to bury unflattering stories about Hillary.
“For example, when typing “Hillary Clinton cri,” Google’s auto-complete function brings up as its top choice “Hillary Clinton crime reform,” even though competing search engines Bing and Yahoo show the most popular search topics are “Hillary Clinton criminal charges” and “Hillary Clinton crime,” reported the Washington Times.

In August last year, Politico reported on how “Google could rig the 2016 election” by altering its search algorithms.

“Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups—with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated,” wrote Robert Epstein, who conducted experiments to prove it.

Epstein warned that Google can manipulate how people are thinking and influence their voting preference by utilizing the Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME), which would include burying negative search terms that relate to Hillary Clinton.

Google adjusts its search engine algorithm 600 times a year, but the process is a closely kept secret. They rely on it being almost impossible to prove favoritism in search results, but it appears in this case the company has been caught red-handed.


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