After the 2016 elections, Google employees sought to prevent popular conservative news outlets from appearing in the engine’s search results, according to internal communications obtained by the Daily Caller.
The notion of blacklisting popular right-of-center outlets such as Breitbart and the Daily Caller was directly inspired by the victory of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Speaking a mere day after the election on November 9th, Google engineer Scott Byer claimed that “this was an election of false equivalencies, and Google, sadly, had a hand in it.”
Byer would go on to describe the Daily Caller and Breitbart as “opinion blogs,” stating that they were worthy of less consideration within Google’s search algorithms on account of their content.
Other Google employees would go on to push back against Byer in the internal communications, pointing out that other news outlets such as MSNBC propagated supposedly false information. A Google spokeswoman would go on to deny that the post-election conversation led to any suppression of conservative news outlets within Google’s products.
If Google were to nuke conservative outlets from its search results, it could have a powerful effect on the dissemination of alternative media, funneling seekers of information almost exclusively to legacy dinosaur mainstream media platforms.
Another tech monolith, Facebook, adopted new algorithmic changes in 2017 that dramatically reduced the reach and spread of nearly all online news sources. While mainstream platforms were hurt by the changes, it appears that conservative media especially was hamstrung by the changes with digital reach far impeded from the heights reached during the 2016 election.
Google was forced to apologize in May after the search engine described the ideology of the California Republican Party as ‘Nazism.’
Unlikely Ally: Russian Foreign Minister Calls Out Big Tech Shenanigans
Nationalists may find allies in strange places.
Prior to the installation of Joe Biden as U.S. president, Big Tech went on a censorship spree against former President Donald Trump and his supporters. Such corporate activism against Trump has evoked a strong international response from foreign leaders fearful of the American corporate sector’s power.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently declared that Big Tech’s actions represent egregious violations of American constitutional law.
“Recent events, including those in the United States, [pertain] to a situation when half a dozen people who have created their technological empires do not even want to know what rights they have in their countries. They themselves define their rights on the basis of so-called corporate norms and they don’t care a bit about the constitutions of their nations. We have clearly seen this in the United States, and this, of course, causes serious concern”, Lavrov said to reporters on January 11, 2021.
Lavrov declared that Big Tech’s behavior “comes from evil”. He criticized American leaders for failing to provide free access to information on the Internet.
The Russian foreign minister’s comments were in response to Twitter’s decision to permanently ban Donald Trump’s personal account earlier in January. The social media platform blamed the president for inciting an “insurrection” after a small group of his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6.
Facebook and Instagram followed in Twitter’s footsteps, although the media platforms are currently reviewing if they’ll let Trump re-access his accounts.
It seems some of the most ardent opponents of America’s woke regime tend to come from abroad. America can no longer claim that it’s exceptional when both its private and public sector have no commitment to respecting its founding principles.
The Right needs to regroup and build a proper nationalist infrastructure to combat the current political apparatus in front of us.
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