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Fiona O (561)
Monday September 18, 2017, 7:18 pm
An examination of web traffic data clearly shows that Internet giant Google is manipulating search results to block access to the World Socialist Web Site.

In April, under the guise of combatting “fake news,” Google introduced new procedures that give extraordinary powers to unnamed “evaluators” to demote web pages and websites. These procedures have been used to exclude the WSWS and other anti-war and oppositional sites.
Over the past three months, traffic originating from Google to the WSWS has fallen by approximately 70 percent. In key searches relevant to a wide range of topics the WSWS regularly covers—including US military operations and the threat of war, social conditions, inequality, and even socialism—the number of search impressions referencing the World Socialist Web Site has fallen drastically.

An “impression” is a technical term referring to a link shown by Google in response to a search result. If a search for “socialism” leads a user’s computer to show one link to the WSWS, that counts as an impression.
By manipulating the “search ranking” assigned to the pages of the WSWS, Google can drive its content lower down on the list of results. This reduces the total number of impressions, which, in turn, leads to a very low number of “clicks,” or visits to the site.

According to Google’s Webmaster Tools Service, the number of daily impressions for the World Socialist Web Site fell from 467,890 to 138,275 over the past three months.

More information and data on website.

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Sue L (63)
Monday September 18, 2017, 9:01 pm
I think most of the media is designed to only tell us what they want us to know. But this is different because Google is actively preventing people from going to sites based on their criteria. You used to be able to get alternate viewpoints from different sources but what if you no longer have access to sources that aren't "approved" by Google. Who put Google in charge anyway?

Peggy B (43)
Tuesday September 19, 2017, 7:18 am
I can understand if they block sites that are known fakes, which they don't, but a genuine site should never be blocked no matter what your opinions of it. That is going against our constitution for freedom of speech and is as bad as banning a book. They should concentrate on the fake sites that are trying to sway people's opinions through misinformation and lies.

Danuta W (1251)
Wednesday September 20, 2017, 9:06 am

Anne K (139)
Wednesday September 20, 2017, 5:13 pm
Thanks, Fiona.

TOM T (248)
Friday September 22, 2017, 11:09 am
Interesting ... Thanks for the Info
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