Google's Eric Schmidt admits political censorship of search results
Publisher: World Socialist Web Site
Date Written: 22/11/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21766
Recent remarks by the Executive Chairman of Google's parent company confirm charges that the company has been deliberately altering its search algorithms and taking other measures to prevent the public from accessing information that is critical of the US government.
Google's efforts are just one part of a much wider government-corporate drive to assert control over the flow of information over the Internet, involving Amazon, Twitter and Facebook, as well as Internet service providers such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and AT&T. The FCC announced this week that it will eliminate "net neutrality" regulations, allowing service providers to limit which sites customers can access, either by throttling Internet download speed or charging extra fees.