Google is not a public utility. It is a private company. As a private company,
it can do almost whatever it wants.However, the Left has demanded
that little companies, like bakeries in Colorado, be forced to serve all people
regardless of the desires of the owners of those companies. Surely, the Left
would also demand that Google be forced to give unbiased answers to all
questions presented to the search engine. Surely the Left would not lie to us
by telling us that Google does not slant everything political to the extreme
Left. Even a school child can Google "Obama's attack on
Trump" and see that the sources cited are pro-Obama and anti-Trump. That
same school child can just as easily Google "Trump's response to
Obama's attack", and they will get the same pro-Obama, anti-Trump
sources.Google does not need to be censored but it does need to be
condemned by every American who believes in fairness and equality.
It's google. A private outfit. It does what it does; if you don't like
it I suppose you can still use Ask Jeeves or gopher or mamma. Remember them? How
about yahoo?Why are people worried if they don't get exactly
what they want out of a search? Shouldn't they already know where to go to
find the news they want to hear? And, aside from echoing fox as he always does,
why does trump expect his reflection to be better than the nasty reality?
@ridal"it is about observing and objectively testing the bias in the
results."There is no 'bias' in the results other than
what the users of Google bring to Google. Observe and test all you'd like,
but the results you see are what your peers are clicking on, not what Google as
a company is stacking based on bias.
So Google is now a public utility? Is Google the only search provider and email
service provider available to you? If you don't like Google -
don't use it. There are many other email hosts out there. There are many
other search engines out there. For a bunch of free market experts,
conservatives are pretty hypocritical when it comes to Google.
@casual observerSo you're saying that there should be some sort
of rules or regulations that the government would force on a private company?
Of course an opinion piece by journalists is going to be biased toward their
view of journalism... but in the line: "assuming the creator of the content
followed the traditional journalistic values of balance and objectivity," I
find that assumption hard to swallow.True Journalism died a long
long time ago. It is extremely rare to find a journalist that actually follows
the values of balanced reporting and objectivity of factual information. It used to be said "just the fact Mam;" but journalists these
days never stick to facts, even outside of the opinion/editorial section; they
always only use the "facts" that fit their agenda; always painting a
specific picture; rather than allowing the reader to make their own judgements.
Even when they state the facts; they use lot of propaganda to push their own
narrative of the events; often spinning and twisting those facts to the exact
opposite of reality.It is easy to see in every news article
propaganda being used such as: Emotional Words, Bandwagon, Testimonials,
Card-Stacking, and Common Touch--to name the most common. And then the headline
writers are even worse; especially online media which gravitate toward
click-bait for $.
The potential for abuse is too great. Google should function under the same
rules as any public utility and not receive any special exemptions.
@silo:I believe you may have missed the point. It is not about whether I
"like" the results of google searches; it is about observing and
objectively testing the bias in the results.
@Ridal"It does seem like a liberal spin is always the top result on
any topic"Googles search algorithms are not dramatically
different than any other search engine from Bing, DuckDuckGo, or dozens of
others.The algorithm is self learning in that whenever someone
searches on a term or string, then clicks a link in the results, that clicked
link is weighted more for any future searches on the same term or string.If searches on Trump return negative results, it's because people
searching on those terms are clicking the negative links more often and
weighting them more.If you don't like what google returns, use
a different search engine, change the search string, or dig deeper into the
Bias in google searches is difficult for an individual to test, because we
don't know the full extent of their search algorithms. It does seem like a
liberal spin is always the top result on any topic, but of course that could be
defended by claiming that the "liberal spin" has the most factual
backup, without the searcher ever really knowing the truth. But it is very
easy to test the bias at CNN, NBC, ABC, etc message boards. I am very careful to
never use personal insults or profanity of any time, yet I have been banned from
all of them simply for posting conservative opinions. Yet one can easily observe
the personal insults posted against conservatives that do not get banned. Any
unbiased observer can easily test this for themselves. They are obviously
trying to create an echo chamber and not let any alternative interpretations or
opinions be known.
there is a certain irony when you hear people like trump complaining about
social media bias in companies like google. trump uses social media to
belittle, bully and threaten as much as anyone in the united states. they are
definitely not limiting his access or what he is saying.trump
basically wants to have it both ways. he can say what he wants, and he also
wants to be able to restrict what americans have access to~~if its different
from his own opinions. there is choice for everyone via companies like google.
you can structure your query however you want, and it changes the results that
google returns. seems to me that this is just more "fake news" from