Two official policies leaked this week reveal that Google keeps an in-house news media blacklist to silence conservative outlets. Google’s search features use “the deceptive_news domain blacklist” to filter out conservative sites in the search results. The strategy includes “fringe ranking” or “not showing fake news, hate speech, conspiracy theories, or science/medical/history denial unless we’re sure that’s what the user wants.” This revelation stands in direct contradiction to Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee earlier this year. Whether or not this is part of a broader Democratic political strategy remains to be determined, but we wouldn’t be surprised.
Here’s more from PJ Media…
New documents confirm that Google maintains and manually alters a news media blacklist that has targeted conservative outlets.
Two official policies called the “misrepresentation policy” and the “good neighbor policy” contribute to the company’s “XPA news blacklist,” maintained by Google’s Trust & Safety team, The Daily Caller’s J. Arthur Bloom reported Tuesday. “T&S will be in charge of updating the blacklist when there is a demand,” one of the documents reads.
Many search features use “the deceptive_news domain blacklist” to filter out sites that violate the misrepresentation and good neighbor policies, according to the document The Daily Caller unearthed. It was approved by Ben Gomes, Google’s head of search, Google Fellow Pandu Nayak, and software engineer Paul Haahr. Haahr is also involved in “fringe ranking: not showing fake news, hate speech, conspiracy theories, or science/medical/history denial unless we’re sure that’s what the user wants.”