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2017/07/02

Happens all the time.

For some time now we have recognized that some of the imagery and even several posts from time to time mysteriously disappear seemingly for no particularly good reason.  Of course there is a certain amount of attrition that can be accounted for, but the primary focus of the subject matter clearly speaks for itself, or not.

Google deep-sixes Jihad Watch

For many years, whenever one Googled “jihad,” Jihad Watch was the first result. This was back in the days when Google’s results were based on the relevance of the subject matter to the search and the popularity of the site. But then Google began engaging in social engineering, attempting to manipulate opinion by changing the results of searches to lead people to sites that offered the perspectives it favored. Then when one searched for “jihad,” Jihad Watch became the second result, and then the fourth, even though our readership was steadily rising; replacing it at the top were Islamic apologetics sites with a fraction of the readership, offering soothing falsehoods about the meaning of jihad. Marc explains this phenomenon in greater detail here.

That manipulation wasn’t enough to divert people away from the truth. Now, if you search for “jihad,” Google will give you a whole page full of Islamic apologetics, and Jihad Watch doesn’t appear on the front page at all. Is this because our readership has plummeted? No, quite the contrary. It is because Google is now fully committed not to allowing people to search the Internet, but to controlling what they find when they do. (Incidentally, when one Googles “Robert Spencer” now, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hit piece on me comes up before my own website bio.)

On June 24, the Huffington Post ran a piece entitled “Google Search Is Doing Irreparable Harm To Muslims,” about Texas imam Omar Suleiman’s effort to compel Google to edit out search results he deemed “anti-Muslim” (not “false,” just “anti-Muslim”). I commented: “If Omar Suleiman gets his way, Google will only return Sharia-compliant results, and another battle against the imposition of Sharia blasphemy laws upon the West will have been lost.”

It looks as if Google hastened to fulfill Suleiman’s desires.

It’s a silent encroachment of totalitarianism, as only one perspective is allowed to be aired, and the ground is increasingly being cut out from under the feet of dissenters. Of course, they’re only doing this because their narrative is so outstandingly counterfactual that they can only put it over by censoring us and giving pride of place to sites that peddle the soothing lies they favor, but even though it reveals their insecurity and desperation, it is extremely dangerous nevertheless. And no one seems to care. This is the kind of thing the Trump administration should be fighting against, and working to ensure a level playing field for all points of view. Is no one in a position of power or influence concerned about the rapid erosion of the freedom of speech?

[Byline Robert Spencer]

01 July 2017
Jihad Watch

See Also

War on Comments: Google Built an A.I To Censor The Web, And The Media Is Celebrating

Google launches robo-tool to flag hate speech online


Modern totalitarians do not at first crush dissent by force; to do so would be to invite open revolt. Instead, they seek to delegitimize opposing views, by means of public ridicule, harassment, and censorship. Opponents are called fools and idiots before they are accused of presenting a danger and their voices then silenced.

But eventually, dissenters are identified as threatening the well-being of the people, and are therefore to be dissuaded, controlled… and then stopped. The “science” is settled. The argument is over.  Argumentum ad baculum.

In our epoch of too many noises and many frustrations, many “free” minds have given up the struggle for decency and individuality. They surrender to the “Zeitgeist,” often without being aware of it.

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… the more familiar people are with the concepts of thought control and menticide, the more they understand the nature of the propaganda barrage directed against them, the more inner resistance they can put up, even though inevitably some of the inquisitor’s suggestions will leak through the barrier of conscious mental defense.

~ Joost A. M. Meerloo, M.D.

 

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