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Google is the predominant vehicle for research. This presents major challenges for a nation that needs objective information.
According to a study by Pew Research, teachers report that students use Google extensively for research, as “Search = Google”. Teachers told Pew that 94% of those polled said students were likely to use Google or similar search engines for their work.
Even a quick search of Google’s results during the 2020 election cycle revealed his biases.
USA Today reported that there was overwhelming evidence that the Big Tech giant skewed its results to show sites that agreed with its corporate biases.
Although the organization has dismissed similar allegations and used pre-existing algorithms as an excuse, there are substantial indicators that it seeks to manipulate the outcome of events such as elections, large and small.
A letter from Consumer Watchdog first reported by Fox Business News explained how the web giant seeks to deceive its users by obscuring relevant material in a California state initiative regarding online privacy, an issue in which it had a significant commercial interest.
“A Google search for Prop 24 provides a link to the official voter guide on the Secretary of State’s website. Most voters could reasonably assume that this is a link to unbiased information provided by the government. Instead, the text snippet that Google includes with the link is not the title of the measure, nor the summary of the non-partisan state of the measure, but the ‘CON’ or No of 24 argument. … ”, The letter indicates.
Internet research organization Can I Rank reports that Google search results are almost 40% more likely to contain pages with a “left” or “far left” result. The organization goes on to note that 16% of political keywords contained no right-tilted pages on the first page of results. Google’s algorithm makes it easier for sites with a left-wing perspective to rank in Google search results compared to sites with a conservative perspective.
A Breitbart review deals with “The Good Censor,” an 85-page briefing leaked to Breitbart News, admitting that under the leadership of Google and other tech giants, the internet has strayed from its original ideals of free-dom. unhindered expression, and towards a “Model of European discourse which” privileges dignity over freedom and civility over freedom “.
In 2019, according to Mindmatters.ai. “Senior Google engineer Gregory Coppola contacted the Project Veritas watchdog group to discuss the Google bias that affects the information users get about policy choices… According to Coppola, Big Tech’s program is dangerous, in large part, because it’s hidden… research psychologist widely published behavioral Robert epstein (who described himself as ‘center / center-left’ before a Senate committee) [testified] “The data I have collected since 2016 shows that Google is showing content to the American public that is biased in favor of a political party… No private company should have the right or the power to manipulate large populations without their knowledge. If you were to look at the data I have collected over the past six and a half years, each of you would put partisanship aside and work together to reign over the extraordinary power that Google and Facebook now wield with shameless arrogance.
There may be another alternative. The Conservatives have rightly opposed the dangers of government control inherent in classifying ISPs as “public operators”. But a modified version of the common carrier concept could be applied without the government control that proponents of the concept maintain is necessary for the more physical world of trains and airplanes. This highly modified concept of the common carrier could ensure – without any further intrusion, regulation or government oversight – that monopoly internet giants such as Twitter and Google treat all users equally.