Google have announced a major update to their search engine which they say will eliminate conspiracy theories from the Internet forever.
On July 27, 2017 Google updated their quality raters guidelines, which included instructions to staff to purge alternative media websites from the search results.
Activistpost.com reports: Months before, Google updated their guidelines for raters twice – once on May 11, 2017 with some smaller changes, and then again on March 14th with bigger controversial changes classifying what “offensive, upsetting, inaccurate and hateful web pages,” defines.
The new guidelines giving a search giant so much control over the free flow of information is extremely worrying.
The guidelines instruct raters to directly confront “unsubstantiated conspiracy theories” by looking for a source that debunked them, The Sem Post reported.
The Post noted that the rules don’t specifically target and go after all “conspiracy theory” websites, only those that present a “conspiracy theory as factual information without basis.” Full report