Google has been at it again. This time it has been manipulating searches about Hillary Clinton’s health. They are trying to not show any negative search results in relation to her health. This isn’t the first time that Google has done this.
Back in June after Julian Assange dropped a bomb and said that Google was manipulating the searches on Clinton. Several news outlets covered it, but one video went in depth to show the damage that it could cause.
SourceFed, a YouTube channel, did a story on how Google was manipulating the searches and how it could potentially impact the election big time. As of today the video has gathered over one million views.
In their video, they explained: “If true, this would mean that Google Searches aren’t objectively reflecting what the majority of Internet searches are actually looking for, possibly violating Goggle’s algorithm. According to a research paper cited in this video, that kind of search result manipulation has the potential to substantially influence the outcome of actual elections.”
Well after SourceFed posted their video about it, Google did issue a response. “Google Autocomplete does not favor any candidate or cause. Claims to the contrary simply misunderstand how Autocomplete works. Our Autocomplete algorithm will not show a predicted query that is offensive or disparaging when displayed in conjunction with a person’s name. More generally, our Autocomplete predictions are produced based on a number of factors including the popularity of search terms.”
Even though they say that they don’t endorse a candidate the last sentence of their statement doesn’t make sense. Considering that this video from SourceFed has over one million views, a lot of people are going to be searching for that. So why are they trying to hide some results?
Well it appears that Google is back at it. Lately there has been a lot of talk about Clinton’s health. It’s an understandable question, as someone who is going to lead our country needs to be in great shape both mentally and physically.
It drew even more attention when Dr. Drew Pinsky stated publicly that he was “gravely concerned” about the health of Clinton, his show on CNN was cancelled. So the media is trying to silence all talks on her health. And Google is doing the same thing.
All of the reports that Clinton has been having health issues prompted a challenge from the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to have both candidates release their medical records.
Well the CEO of Google is on Clinton’s side. So it makes sense that they are trying to hide the searches that could potentially damage the Clinton campaign.
The newest Google attempt is trying to manipulate searches on Clinton’s health. Basically they are doing the same thing that happened last time. They are trying to downplay all the negative press against the Clinton campaign.
This was shown when people did searches on Google, Bing, and yahoo. Well the Bing and yahoo searches both had searches return results related to Clinton’s health.
When you do a Bing search, they return the suggestions, “Hillary Clintons health,” “Hillary Clinton’s health issues,” and “Hillary Clinton’s health and weight.” All of those would be crucial information for the election.
Search results on Yahoo return, “Hillary Clinton’s health problems,” “Hillary Clinton’s health,” and “Hillary Clinton’s health issues.” As you can see both of these search engines bring back results that are very similar to one another.
But Google’s searches returned results related to her healthcare plans and headquarters. The first suggested searches show “Hillary Clinton’s headquarters,” “Hillary Clinton’s health plan,” and “Hillary Clinton’s healthcare plan.” Considering that a majority of people use Google over Bing and yahoo, it’s safe to assume that people have been trying to search for her health records.
And since Google says that they include the popularity of the search terms in their algorithms, then something is going on here. Because if both Bing AND Yahoo are bringing back searches that show that people are concerned with Clinton’s health, then why wouldn’t Google do the same?
Google might try and say that more people are trying to search for Clinton’s headquarters over her actual health. If you believe that then you are foolish. Going back to Google’s statement from the June video, they say that they aren’t going to show anything that would disparage a potential search. If that is the case then how is searching for medical records going to harm Clinton?
The only way that it is going to harm Clinton is that it will show people what is exactly going on with her. So it is going to potentially cost her votes. But since the CEO of Google in on Clinton’s side, he doesn’t want to see that happen.
Well it appears that they are trying to influence people’s votes. If you hear on the news that Clinton’s health is in jeopardy but you go to Google it and nothing pops up, then you are less likely to believe it. This is going to have a major impact on the election.
So it appears that arguably the most popular search engine is going to do what they can to make sure that nothing negative shows up against Clinton. People can obviously see why this is bad.
It seems that we are getting closer and closer to having the government control what can be said in the media. Think about it. None of the media stations are going to report on anything negative, except for Fox News. And now you have one of the most popular search engines trying to manipulate the searches to show only positive searches for Clinton.
You may think that there isn’t a way around this. But there is. You can help show people what is really happening. Be the reason that they are getting educated. Share this article with as many people as you can. If enough people do that then Google might actually start showing the real information on Clinton. You have the power to change Google. Go out and do it.