Google Wants To Attack Alternative News Websites By Ranking Them Based On “Facts” Not Links

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New Scientist reported that a team of Google researchers is developing a software that will suppress websites that are not “trustworthy” – one target being “anti-vaccination” websites.

Google’s current model of operation, uses links to gauge the rank of a website. This new system being developed however, will only rise in ranks if it isn’t “misinformation”; but who defines what is “misinfo” and what isn’t? The software will be using what is called the Knowledge Vault, and it is a store facts it has pulled off of the Internet. If something does not conform to the main consensus, it is considered “Untrustworthy” and will lose rank in Google searches. But what was not mentioned in this article, was that the Internet is clearly manipulated by various sources, one government computer edited hundreds of Wikipedia posts in a month. Many of these were revisions of homeopathic medicines.

Lets use an example of how this can be an issue. Instead of keeping the Internet a free range of unlimited information, Google wants to smother the websites who do not conform to the web’s “unanimous” views on what is “fact” and what isn’t. So, let’s say, climate change is a topic being researched – all of the “fact” websites will pop up with this new software. But, what about this article created by the UK newspaper; the Daily Mail? It is titled, World’s top climate scientists told to ‘cover up’ the fact that the Earth’s temperature hasn’t risen for the last 15 years – will this also show up under their new software?

In truth, this software will not totally go by the “facts”, it will go by a “vault”, that is full of what the Internet as a majority believes. Sometimes the majority doesn’t necessarily know the truth, so what does this means for subjects that the majority has wrong? Is this as far as Google will go to suppress or, “fix” alternative news sites? What about those websites that are not,  “A source that has few false facts is considered to be trustworthy,”?

What do you think will happen if this software is implemented?

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After years of research and a series of unpleasant experiences concerning the current child protection services system, Alec Cope decided to combat the cancerous corruption through information. Freelance writing articles as a form of protest and distributing them throughout his former high-school and local area, Alec struck special chords with whomever he was in contact with.

Alec has been involved in activism such as sit down protests as well as Idle No More gatherings. Being independent for the majority of his time, Alec became a member of the WeAreChange family to assist one of the organizations that inspired him to become active in the first place. With a larger platform and positive support Alec has committed the majority of his time to research, writing, and maintaining social media with the goal to continue expanding the awakening sweeping throughout all levels of society.

Growing up within a rural area in Northern Michigan as well as being a native American descendant, Alec is seeking to expose environmental abuse in his state as well as globally. A high-school dropout, Alec chases his passion for writing and empowering individuals while showing any isolated person that they too can overcome the odds with a community that will support them. Alec lives in the lower peninsula of Michigan near Kalamazoo.

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