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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Google's troubling choices

In the last several weeks, Charles of LGF, attracted the general attention at Googlenews using "National Vanguard", a nazi site, as a news source.
Since then Googlenews has removed the "National Vanguard" off its newsfeed, but its not the first time they slipped, and I believe that this blog was probably the first one to raise awareness to Google's problematic choice of sources and influenced it in atleast two specific incidents.
The first incident in which a complaint letter on the Indymedia use of the words "zionazi" got it banned from Google (certain branches of it are now back, but they're heavily monitored, and the branch that posted that vile piece hasn't returned to the newsfeed).
The second incident involved an unsuccsefull complaint about the inclusion of Jihadunspun as a newssource.
The third incident involved Google including the Hamas official website as a newssource. I attracted their attention to it, and the site was removed after a few days.
This isn't a "Look at me, I did it first" post, the point here is Google has erred not one time, but numerous times. And the second, more important point would be that Charles' demand for a Google transparency surprised me.
I clearly remember that Google had a list of all the news sources it used, and I have linked to it. It means that on certain stage during the last year or so, they simply removed that list of news sources they're using. The only remaining question is why. What else is hiding in GoogleNews?

7 Comments:

  • fuck zionism you bastard. youll see

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:32 AM, March 31, 2005  

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    By Anonymous yeah, at 8:33 AM, March 31, 2005  

  • It's a well recognized pattern that googlenews displays. I can see the same in other news media. I can't really rely on any information that I get from the swedish media that concerns the conflict in your nation. Too many times it has been exposed that the newsagencies has been hiding away info or twisted info to make it look like the israelis are always at fault.

    Blogging has shown us a way to keep the newsmedia to the truth. At least in USA it has happened. Maybe it can help breaking the mainstream medias monopoly of being an opinion creator.

    Thanks for your blog btw.

    By Anonymous elin, at 11:43 AM, April 02, 2005  

  • I partially agree with Elin - The Scandinavian media is biased. There is no doubt about it. The two things you mentioned - "hiding away info", and "twisted info to make it look like the Israelis are always at fault." are excellent examples and they have a description - Selective omission and Distortion of Facts, as descriped by HonestReporting.com at this url -
    http://www.honestreporting.com/a/What_is_Bias.asp

    By Blogger Nemesis6, at 12:13 AM, April 09, 2005  

  • Thank you for you comment Elin, I do believe blogs can help you understand the everyday reality better in a way no newspaper ever can, but only if you use them as complementary source of data, and not your major source.
    The problem with the european media is less the hiding of information and more the abusive language they apply towards Israel, and the little snide remarks in their articles which try to set Israel as a racist undemocratic state instead of the beacon of freedom it is to the Middle East

    By Blogger OnlyInIsrael, at 12:56 AM, April 09, 2005  

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    By Blogger cc Infopage, at 3:17 AM, October 12, 2005  

  • You're listing the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler as a blog worth reading, but you protest the term zionazi? That blog calls Palestinians "Paleswinians" and threatens to kill ACLU members and blow up the U.N. building. What's your response? "I'm down with that"? And then we all have a chuckle?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:18 PM, January 14, 2006  

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