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January 31, 2009
Google Blocks Conservative Websites (Updated)
The blocks appear to be temporary - more a nuisance than a threat. But this morning, websites for the Republican National Committee, Real Clear Politics, and Pajamas Media were all blocked with the caption:
Warning - visiting this web site may harm your computer!
If those three sites were affected, you can bet others were as well.
These incidents come on the heels of the news that Google moved quickly to spike a "Google Bomb" aimed at Obama while taking 3 years to stop similar bombs against Bush:
The potential for this gigantic corporation to game the free flow of information to suit its own ideological ends is frightening. Everyone - liberals and conservatives - should be concerned when ideological attacks like this take place.
Can our friends on the left guarantee that Google won't be sold to some rabid conservative management in the future? Of course not, which is why they should join us now to protest this rank partisanship displayed by Google.
There is anecdotal evidence from others that the harassment of conservative sites doesn't end there. Sara, of the pro-Palin website Sarah for America reports in a comment on my site:
During the past election, I "invested" $1,000 into Google ad-words. The game that Google plays is sickening. I was told, at first, that my site sold "an unacceptable product" and my keywords were rejected. I sold no product at all, zilch. It was simply pro-Sarah Palin.
The enormous influence that Google has in the online world should worry everyone - as should their kow-towing to the Chinese and other thug regimes by cooperating in finding dissidents and blocking opposing points of view. I'm not sure what can be done except to keep a wary eye out for mischief and scream like a stuck pig when they cross the line. As big as they are, bad PR is something they don't want to have to deal with.
At the moment, that's all we have.
Apparently, the problem with the search engine was across the board. This, according to Google:
If you did a Google search between 6:30 a.m. PST and 7:25 a.m. PST this morning, you likely saw that the message "This site may harm your computer" accompanied each and every search result. This was clearly an error, and we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to our users.
To all in the comments who are critical of me posting this item, perhaps you care to address the other points in the post about "Google bombs" and the other many, many, many, instances of conservative sites being harassed, put at a disadvantage, or otherwise gamed by Google.
What's that? Cat got your tongues?