BUSTED: Google News Censors Articles About YouTube Censorship
About a month ago, I caught Google News censoring news about a shooting at a Black Lives Matter rally, and then shortly after, I busted them censoring a Reuters article which vindicated Trump. Now, it looks like they’re censoring a bunch of articles from the Google News feed about YouTube’s plans to demonetize videos which talk about “controversial subjects” like politics or war when one searches for ‘YouTube’.
For the following searches, I am using the Google News feature of sorting the articles by date, as opposed to using the “sort by relevancy” feature. When sorting by date, it’s not supposed to use any algorithm to display the articles — it’s supposed to display every single article in the Google News database which has a hit for the key word being searched.
What’s happening in this case is when doing a ‘sort by date’ search for the term ‘YouTube’, a bunch of articles about the YouTube demonetization aren’t showing up that do show up when searching for the more specific term ‘YouTube Censorship’. This is counter-intuitive, because a search for more specific terms is supposed to show up with less articles than a search with less specific terms. In this case, the opposite is occurring.
So, let’s break down the evidence. All of these steps should be easily replicated by anyone, so you can verify for yourself. Here’s an archive of a sorted-by-date Google News search I did for the term ‘YouTube’, and a corresponding screenshot of the first page of results.
Now let’s look at the first page of results from an archive of a search I did for the terms ‘YouTube Censorship’, which logically should show up with less results than the more general term. This second search was performed within seconds of the first search, as can be evidenced by the time-stamp on the archives.
You’ll notice that in the above image, the articles for Crave Online, Motherboard, and MCV don’t show up in the search just for ‘Google’, but they should be based on how long ago they were posted. And that’s just on the first page of results. What’s interesting is that Motherboard is a rather-mainstream leftist outlet, and even they got censored from the original search. On the second page, even more stories are missing:
You see, on the second page of results for the search ‘YouTube Censorship’, the very last result — a post by RT — is listed as “11 hours ago’. And on the first page of results for the more general search, the last result was also listed as “11 hours ago”. So, except for that RT article that was the last result on the second page of the more specific search, every single one of those articles should be on the first page of the more general search.
But they’re not (except those first three, but that was only because I waited a few minutes before archiving the second page, but those results were already on the screen shot of the first page). And for the record, I looked up the second page of results on the more general search to check to see if that RT article showed up or not. It turns out it was censored.
I only became suspicious that some articles might have been censored in the first place because the search for ‘YouTube’ was showing huge time gaps between articles for such an incredibly hot topic. My suspicions turned out to be correct, but I implore readers to verify the results for themselves.
Just remember to hit the “search tools” the Google News to click “sort by date”. Then try just searching for ‘YouTube’ and compare the results to what you get when you search for ‘YouTube’ plus a more specific term, like either censorship or ‘monetization’.
Now, as you may have noticed, what’s kind of weird about this is that it’s not all of the articles about the subject that are being censored — just some of them. I’m not sure what the reason is for that. Maybe they’re censoring some of the articles by hand? Maybe it’s an algorithm to keep some of the articles about the demonetization out of the news feed for YouTube, so that they don’t end up showing up in the ‘sort by relevancy’? Maybe Google just didn’t want certain stories showing up in the general feed? Maybe you have a better idea in the comments section?
All I know is that many articles that are in the more specific search aren’t showing up in the more general search, and it definitely shouldn’t be working like that. And like I said previously that Google News did something very similar a month ago when I had to use the more specific search term of ‘Black Lives Matter Ferguson’ to get stories to show up on the feed that weren’t showing up on the more general search of ‘Black Lives Matter’. And they also censored a Reuters story recently in order to deceive their readers because they were still pushing out discredited story after discredited story claiming that the Secret Service had given a “talk” to Trump about alleged threats to Hillary.
Google doesn’t even care about the truth anymore, and they sure as hell don’t want normal people becoming political pundits. That’s because they are desperately trying to control all the narratives to promote their own agendas.
Remember that slogan of “Don’t be evil”? Yeah, about that.