by Vicki Batts, Natural News:
Google may be the most frequented search engine on the market, but that doesn’t make it the most honest. A shocking new report has revealed that Google’s autocomplete function is censoring searches for opioid-related statistics, such as “deaths from opioids” and the like. Google has come under fire for censoring conservatives, but now it looks like the company is using its power to suppress all kinds of information. Big Tech has grown too big for its britches, and we are seeing the result of that now, as behemoth companies try to obtain absolute rule over their domains.
Whether its through search result manipulation, news feed algorithms, or blatant oppression of their political adversaries, Silicon Valley is now using its power and position to secretly influence public opinion and silence anyone who stands in their way.
Google manipulates autocomplete
Writing for UNZ, Steve Sailer reports that a reader put together a series of screenshots showing how the same search terms produce wildly different results depending on what search engine you use. Specifically, Bing and Duck Duck Go show similar autocomplete terms, while Google’s autocomplete terms are out in left-field. See below:
Chris Menahan, of Information Liberation, reports a similar phenomenon occurs when one searches for deaths from fentanyl, as well.
Similarly, the term “opioid use disorder” has recently been adopted by health agencies and is one of Google’s top autocomplete results for the term “opioid,” appearing before “opioid epidemic,” “opioid addiction” or other more common terms. This is a thinly veiled attempt to put the onus on opioid users, rather than the corrupt pharmaceutical industry which created opioids, engaged in a reckless marketing campaigns and bribed physicians into prescribing their products. Big Pharma cannot hide from their role in creating the opioid epidemic, no matter how much the industry would like to do just that.
Opioid-related deaths are continuing to rise, with drug overdoses ranked as the leading cause of death in adults under 50.
Google’s censorship of certain search terms and their manipulation of the autocomplete feature isn’t just protecting Big Pharma, it’s also endangering public health. As Menahan contends, “There’s no question it could give the impression to searchers that they’re all alone in their search even though such search traffic has likely never been higher.”
Writing for UNZ, Sailer notes that Google alters other autocomplete results as well. Searches aimed at ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation do not produce results at Google. This is not surprising, coming from such a liberal company. And it’s possible that Google is trying to use their power to change the tone of discussion on the opioid epidemic, too.
Google abuses its power
Experts have begun cautioning that Google, and other tech companies, are becoming a dangerous threat to the free world. Companies like Google and Facebook dominate online conversation; between social media, search results, news feeds and everything in between, Big Tech is at the helm of the way the world communicates.
And by gaining control of what information people see, these companies ultimately influence the way people think and feel. Google has already come under fire for censoring conservatives in the past, and there is a trove of evidence to suggest that the company is working to undermine the American electoral system, and much more.