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Top 10 Ways Google Censors Free Speech

Google is the world's leading search engine. It is so important that many see it as the gateway to the Internet. Unfortunately, Google uses its dominant position to determine what we (and its employees) can see, say, do, or post.

Top 10 Ways Google Goes Evil

Before we go into the details, we have to understand that Google doesn't always act independently. Sometimes it's just another puppet from a more powerful group we call government.

10 Web sites must edit or delete their content.

Google AdSense is the largest advertising network on the Internet. It is also one of the most censored. Google forces partner websites to censor their content based on their taste. By censorship we mean that they are forced to edit or delete anything they don't like.

Website owners have only one choice: compliance if they want to stay on the AdSense network.

Google is only instructing website owners to remove content that is not "family friendly". However, website owners have indicated that the meaning of "family friendly" is at Google's discretion.

Website owners will only receive emails asking them to remove ads from certain content if they violate Google's "Terms and Conditions". This is the best thing a website owner gets from Google. Requests for further information always hit a wall. [1]

You may recall that Listverse recently published a list of articles that Google had to suppress in the manner described here. You can discover (and read) the lists Google wanted us to remove here: Top 10 Listverse Lists Google Shouldn't See.

9 Almost a censored search engine for China was created.

Google was a major force in the Chinese search engine market until it left the country in 2010. Google said it went because it couldn't deal with China's censorship laws. However, it seems that Google had a change of heart a few years later.

In 2017, The Intercept announced that Google is planning to return to China, and this time it was ready to obey the Chinese government. A search engine was developed that censored results on democracy, human rights, religion and protests. Google called the search engine Dragonfly.

Google only canceled the project after a series of protests. However, it seems that we haven't heard the last of them. While appearing before the US Senate, Google Vice President of Public Order Karan Bhatia said he could not confirm that Google would not build another censored search engine for China. [2]

8 It censors search results and YouTube videos for politicians and billionaires.

Many governments, including those from the so-called free world, often instruct Google to censor certain content on Blogger, Search, and YouTube. Governments (and political parties and billionaires) are asking Google to remove content for various reasons. Defamation, data protection, hate speech, national security and copyright infringement are some well-founded reasons that we know. Winning elections and influencing public opinion in political matters is another (which is definitely not well founded).

There are many illogical reasons why a government is asking Google to remove something from the Internet. Governments can (and do) ask Google to remove whatever they find offensive. No law has to be broken. The government just has to hate it.

Argentina has caused Google to remove content that exposes a government official to sexual harassment. Brazil has caused Google to remove blog posts and search results that criticized judges and exposed fraud.

Germany asked Google to delete a Google Maps review involving two government officials who work with the Child Protection Service. The officials allegedly sexually abused two children. The district administration moved one of the affected employees from the region instead of sending it to court.

There is much more and this is just a tip of the iceberg. Google says it doesn't always meet these requirements, but we don't know how true this is. [3]

7 It ended its weekly TGIF meetings

CEO Sundar Pichai canceled the weekly TGIF (Thank God Its Friday) meetings. In the future, the meeting will take place once a month and the discussions will be limited to Google's business.

The weekly TGIF meeting was a Google tradition that dates back to 1999. Google was a small business at the time, and the meetings were exactly what you'd expect from a close community.

Meetings became tense as Google grew. The discussions often revolved around workplace issues. Employees complained about Google's censorship, close relationship with the United States government, sexual harassment, etc.

The meetings stressed the relationship between employees and management. Even Page and Brin stopped attending because they just couldn't handle it. The memos from the meetings also went to the press, which was embarrassing for Google. [4]

6 It prevented the Swedish government from adding a word to their language.

In 2012, the Swedish Language Council added a new word on the Swedish language. This word was "ogooglebar" and was described as "[Something] that you can't find on the web with a search engine".

Google was interested in the word and asked the advice to replace "a search engine" with "Google". The council declined, saying that the Swedes had already used it for everything they couldn't find on any search engine. However, Google insisted that the word refer to anything that is not on Google.

The Council refused and removed the word from its official list of Swedish words. A spokeswoman said the word remained a Swedish word, even if it wasn't going to be official. Google can prevent the advice from using the word, but it cannot stop regular Swedes from using it in their daily conversations. [5]

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5 Hundreds of Donald Trump ads were removed for no reason.

In 2019, YouTube removed over 300 of Trump's reelection ads for no reason. In fact, it was said that the ads were turned off for violating "company policies."

YouTube refused to provide additional information about how the ads violated “company policies” or company policies. However, for political reasons, the ads were disapproved. The CEO, Susan Wojcicki, said the ads were not approved. This also applies if the ads have been running for a few days. [6]

4 employees were punished for protesting sexual harassment.

In November 2018, 20,000 employees and contractors left Google’s offices in 50 cities around the world. They protested various issues, including workers' rights, sexual harassment, and Google’s mistreatment of contractors.

The protest was a success. Google made some changes to appease the protesters and praised Claire Stapleton and six others for their role in the protest. That was only on the surface. In the underground, it declared war on Stapleton and other protest leaders.

Stapleton left Google the following year. She said her career took a downward trend after the protest. Her superiors avoided her and put her under so much stress that she just had to resign. [7]

They threatened to downgrade them, and only withdrew after involving their lawyers. However, they became more hostile to her, gave her work to other people, and advised her to go on vacation. [8]

3 Harmless instant search results were blacklisted.

Until a few years ago, Google had an instant search function that showed you real-time search results when you entered your search term in the search bar. Users soon noticed that the function stopped working when they typed certain words. They later discovered that the function was triggered because Google censored these words.

While many of the words were vulgar, some were harmless with no sexual undertones. This includes words like latina, ectasia, amateur, ball kick, asian baby, fantasies, fetus, girl on, incest, licked, lover, mature, submissive, teen and google is evil. [9]

A spokesman said the search giant had a problem with its algorithm. The algorithm censored a word when previous users used it as part of a sexual term. However, this affected seekers who were looking for non-sexual results. The spokesman said Google is working to remove harmless words from its list of censored words. [10]

2 It prohibited employees from discussing politics at work.

Google has mailing lists and forums where employees discuss, exchange information or only discuss random topics of interest. Everyone could discuss everything in the forums and mailing lists, until 2019 executives banned political discussions.

Executives also prohibited employees from making statements that "offended, degraded, or degraded" other employees or the company's business partners. The meaning of "business partner" is vague. Judging by Google's recent antics (including the dismissal of two conservative programmers), your guess is as good as mine. [11]

1 An entire subdomain was blacklisted.

Google censors every website suspected of spamming its users. However, it once took things to a head when it blocked every website under the .co.cc subdomain.

The subdomain had over 11 million websites, making it one of the largest domains in the world. It was owned by a South Korean company that allowed users to create free websites and up to 15,000 websites for just $ 1,000.

Google blocked the subdomain from hosting many spam websites. While that sounds reasonable, it doesn't change the fact that Google has taken things too far. This subdomain contained many legitimate websites. [12]

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