According to new reports, RedState, Breitbart News, the Daily Caller, Human Events, and many others are no longer showing up in Google searches as of July 21, with no explanation from the Silicon Valley giant as to why this has occurred.
It would appear as though Google has once against ramped up its censorship algorithms to pull a bulk of the conservative and "alt-media" websites from its web crawler, leaving them out of sight, and thus out of mind for many.
"Some of them have small website links in the Wikipedia info bubble that displays on the right-hand side (not all of them), but this is how other outlets look in comparison," tweeted Charlie Nash, along with a photo of some of the big guys, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, showing up front and center.
Interestingly, a handful of left-leaning websites, including MintPress News, have also mysteriously disappeared, with only a small link present next to the Wikipedia info bubble. MintPress News specifically has no links to its website that show up for the first eight pages when searching Google for "MintPress News."
Chris Menahan from Information Liberation says he first noticed this anomaly on Monday night around 9:00 pm when trying to search Google for past articles he wrote about Tucker Carlson getting "doxed" by Antifa. He plugged in "site:informationliberation.com tucker antifa," which should have pulled these up, and yet nothing actually showed up.
"... not one single article showed up even though I've written about Tucker and Antifa multiple times," Menahan says.
While Google censorship is nothing new for those of us in the alt-media, Menahan says that Google's suppression of results when using the "site:" operator is something "brand new" that many people do not yet realize is occurring.
Chuck Ross from the Daily Caller noticed the same thing when trying to search Google for articles from his paper. He says he randomly picked Stefan Halper as a search term, and up popped 96 different results from the Times and WaPo. But when searching for the Daily Caller, even "though we've probably published his name 100 times," Ross writes, nothing at all came up on Google.
As reported by Mediaite and relayed by Menahan, The National Pulse, The Drudge Report, Newsbusters, The Bongino Report, and many, many others all appear to be affected by this new censorship sweep. But "legacy media outlets" that many would describe as "mainstream" do "not appear to be harmed."
After Senator Josh Hawley got involved and called Google out directly on Twitter, Google reportedly responded by claiming that a "technical error" had occurred. But Hawley had already beaten the company to the punch, joking that, "Let me guess, another 'algorithmic error?' One that just happens to affect only conservatives."
In a series of company tweets, Google claimed that it was "aware of an issue with the site" that involved certain commands failing "to show some or any indexed pages from a website." It added that the company is supposedly "investigating this and any potentially related issues."
"We investigated & have since fixed the bug," Google later reported on Twitter. "Contrary to some speculation, this did not target particular sites or political ideologies," the company further claimed.
This is obviously a lie, seeing as how Google has been caught censoring conservative voices on many occasions.
"It has been blatantly obvious for well over a year now they've compiled blacklists of every alt-media site and they openly announced as much in 2017," Menahan writes about Google.
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