October 29: added a YouTube screenshot, falsely and harmfully claiming that the FDA is a ‘national health authority‘ (the bottom of the article).
July 24 was celebrated by COVID-19 treating physicians, scientists, and their supporters as Ivermectin Day. For Google, it was another “no cure for COVID-19” day. It returned results denying effectiveness of Ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment.
Google markets its search for medical information as a medical advice (simultaneously denying that) on the most frequently searched topics, which include COVID-19. It claims to offer information on symptoms, treatment, prevention, and safety, which is refined by its doctors (rather than received from third parties).
As an additional fee for its medical advice, Google also stores and uses the customer’s (patient’s?) medical searches information. Of course, it also shows ads.
“Search for medical information on Google [!]
You can search on Google for medical information that’s been reviewed by doctors. You can learn more about the following:
• Symptoms, treatments, and medical conditions
• Prevention, safety, and concerns
Tip: Medical information on symptoms and treatments is available only in some countries [including the US]. We provide medical information on the most frequently searched topics. …“
“teams of doctors carefully review and refine the information“
Notice that this sales pitch is next to offer to search and book hotels on Google:
Microsoft’s Bing attack the use of Ivermectin against COVID-19 using the same database and the same hit piece in the LA Times (screenshot made on 07/26/2021, using clean browser, third screen from the top):
At least, it does not market it as a medical advice.
Added on October 29, 2021.
To justify its malfeasance, Google have establishes its own “authorities”. In the following screenshot, Google YouTube claims that the FDA is a ‘national health authority’. The US doesn’t have a ‘national health authority’. The Food & Drugs Administration (FDA) regulates only manufacturing, importation, marketing, & some shipping drugs. The FDA does not regulate health care or medical practice.
First published on July 25, 2021. Updated on October 29.