Friday, July 8, 2016

Is Google the biggest bully on the block?

When a company picks a slogan, you can make book on when it will become irrelevant or even a joke. A case in point is “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” which has morphed into “Just the News That Democrats Want You to See.”

At Google, which likes to gather information on Web users, “Don’t Be Evil” has been difficult to live up to. From Robert Epstein’s lengthy opinion piece at U.S. News and World Report:

Mr. Epstein is senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology in California. He makes his case well, although his idea of more governmental intervention in the tech sector won’t be popular outside of the born censors of the loony left. Here is his reasoning:

The article goes on to point out ways large and small that Google puts its thumb on the scales, starting with the autocomplete function and suspicious blacked-out areas in its Maps function, all the way through shenanigans with AdWords and the basic search engine itself. At the end of the article Mr. Epstein explains the inner workings of Google’s quarantine list. Search for a site on that blacklist and you get a scary warning saying it might be infected with malware.

Sometimes mistakes are made, but here’s the key: All the major browsers – not just Google’s Chrome – run queries past the Google quarantine list, the industry standard. That means, according to Mr. Epstein, that Google is regularly collecting information on more than 2.5 billion people. His parting shot:

Overstated? We report, you decide, to quote another discredited slogan. Click HERE to read more.

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