Google Manually Manipulates Search to Exclude Conservative Sites, Report Shows
Search engine giant working to bury conservative websites, documents reveal
Google is manually manipulating search results to exclude conservative websites, such as the American Spectator, the Conservative Tribune, and the Gateway Pundit, according to leaked documents.
The search giant's internal documents were leaked to the Daily Caller and were reportedly approved by Google's top executives who report directly to CEO Sundar Pichai.
The files detail two Google policies, known as the “good neighbor policy” “misrepresentation policy,” that determine which sites end up in the “XPA news blacklist.”
“T&S [Trust & Safety team] will be in charge of updating the blacklist as when there is a demand,” revealed one document leaked to the news outlet.
“The deceptive_news domain blacklist is going to be used by many search features to filter problematic sites that violate the good neighbor and misrepresentation policies.”
“The purpose of the blacklist will be to bar the sites from surfacing in any Search feature or news product,” the document explained
"It will not cause a demotion in the organic search results or de-index them altogether."
According to the Daily Caller, a “manual review tool” is also “involved in maintaining the blacklist,” which includes “Gateway Pundit, Matt Walsh’s blog, Gary North’s blog ‘teapartyeconomist.com,’ Caroline Glick’s website, Conservative Tribune, a property of The Western Journal and the website of the American Spectator.”
According to Breitbart, in a statement, Google responded to the report, declaring, “We do not manually determine the order of any search result, nor do our algorithms or policies attempt to make any judgment on the political leanings of a website.
"Our Google News inclusion policies are publicly available online.
"They provide guidelines on content and behaviors for matters like sponsored content, deceptive practices, and more.
"Sites that do not adhere to these policies are not eligible to appear on news surfaces or in information boxes in Search.
"These policies do not impact the way these sites appear in organic blue-link Google Search results.”
In December, Google CEO Sundar Pichai claimed during a hearing before Congress, “we don’t manually intervene on any particular search result.”
Last year, a Google document titled “The Good Censor” was leaked to Breitbart News.
In the Good Censor document, Google admitted that tech companies were on a “shift toward censorship,” and should “police tone” of users.