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Recent Research into Google Search Bias

        Papers Measuring Google Intentional Bias

Artificial bias has been found to be intentionally introduced by the Google team in addition to the natural bias caused by the media dominance of the Left and the influence foreign political entity websites.

Leo Goldstein, Google’s search bias against conservative news sites has been quantified (Sep 2017) – my latest paper. The full title is A Method of Google Search Bias Quantification and Its Applications in Climate Debate and General Political Discourse. Continue reading Recent Research into Google Search Bias

Intentional Google Search Bias Paper Published

My new research paper A Method of Google Search Bias Quantification and Its Applications in Climate Debate and General Political Discourse is published in WUWT.  Most people observe that Google search results on political topics are left leaning.  But, it was hard to determine whether such leaning was a simple reflection of the left/liberal cultural dominance on the web or if the Google search team intentionally (or “artificially”) biased rankings.  This paper demonstrates and even quantifies such intentional or artificial bias.

After publication, I found a 2016 study that also shows that Google results are artificially biased in favor of liberal ideology and Democratic Party candidates: Google bias in search results; 40% lean left or liberal (Matt Bentley / CanIRank.com).  From the Matt Bentley study:

“Does it make sense, for example, that someone researching “Republican platform” should be presented only the official text of the platform and seven left-leaning results highly critical of that platform, with zero results supporting it?”

“… we would expect top ranked search results to have more external links compared to lower ranked search results.  Instead, pages demonstrating a left or far left political slant made it into the top results with significantly fewer external links compared to pages rated balanced. Pages with a right-leaning slant needed significantly more links to make it into the top results.”

“According to recent Google findings, online search is the resource that 87% of the population turns to first when a question arises. Online search plays a particularly prominent role in the democratic process during election season. During the 2012 election cycle, a survey of persuadable voters revealed that 49% get their news about campaigns and the election online, largely through search engines like Google, and that these voters generally trust the information they find online. Top search results are broadly perceived as being the most accurate and authoritative by members of the public with the first five search results accounting for an estimated 67% of all clicks and the first three results alone accounting for over 55% of all clicks. In their 2015 study, Robert Epstein and Ronald Robertson concluded that the order of search results can have a big impact on voter behavior — and in the event of a close election, this effect could even be profound enough to determine the outcome of the election.”

Google – DailyStormer: Love Not Hate

Where to put a comma?  Recent expulsion of the neo-nazi domain DailyStormer from Google made news.  The unusually high ranking that the DailyStormer website enjoyed in Google Search before this news completely escaped coverage.  The following screenshot shows Google search results for Allum Bokhari (performed on August 10, 2017 in Anaheim, California, using the clean browser configuration; no prior search for the term from the same IP).  Continue reading Google – DailyStormer: Love Not Hate

Facebook Filtered out Conservatives for Years

Contrary to its claims that Trending stories were selected automatically, Facebook used a team of hand-picked leftist journos that routinely suppressed “conservative” news.  Facebook denies that but its Guidelines had an obvious effect: a very aggressive filtering out of conservative news.

Gizmodo, May 9, 2016: Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News (1)

Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users. Continue reading Facebook Filtered out Conservatives for Years

Who Leans Left, Falls Left. The Dirty 129

This is a summary of When Silicon Valley Went Off the Cliff focusing on connections and parallels between the short lived “ban alarmism” and climate alarmism.  From January 28 through  February 8, a number of Silicon Valley and Washington state corporate executives participated in an attempt to topple President Trump, orchestrated by the Left after President Trump signed  the original order, Executive Order No. 13769 Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States on January 27.  WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson, one of the Attorneys General United for Clean Power, filed a stinky lawsuit against President Trump and succeeded to halt implementation of the Executive order.  129 corporations, who hold monopolies in internet search, “social media,” TV and movie streaming, as well as other markets for speech and press, filed an Amici Brief supporting the rogue attorney general against the president.  Their reaction to the Executive order was so out of proportion that an analogy with climate alarmism immediately sprung  to mind.  Here, I do not recite the original Executive order because I expect that readers did not trust to the fake stream media reporting about it.

Some of the social dynamics behind this overreaction are described in the essay When Silicon Valley Went Off the Cliff.  This new low looks like a development of climate alarmism compressed in time from 30 years to 10 days and happening on the scale of corporations instead of nations.  Like a small scale experiment with societal instability, one might say.   Continue reading Who Leans Left, Falls Left. The Dirty 129

Google: A Hard-Left Search Engine?

There is an interesting comment on my WUWT article from somebody with insider’s knowledge of Google Search backroom operations. This is a direct quote that cements the need for a skeptical search):

There are countless other reports of manipulation of conservative sites and blogs. With Google’s longstanding policy of favoring inbound links from .edu and .gov blogs, they’ve effectively created their own hard-Left political search engine.
Continue reading Google: A Hard-Left Search Engine?

Climate Sanity Search is Unveiled

Using Google or other general search engines to find reliable information on anything related to climate change has become almost impossible because the search results are dominated by alarmist nonsense. I estimate that the alarmist propaganda machine receives tens of billions of dollars annually. Our tax money at work! (As well as our pension savings, tuition payments, utility fees, etc.)

So, I created a modest Climate of Sanity and Freedom Search page to help everyone to find the needle of facts and reason in a haystack of con and nonsensus.

This is a work in progress.  Opinions and suggestions are welcome.