may be the world’s most popular search engine, but it has also
been the subject of a number of accusations in recent years that
it is purposefully censoring searches and influencing results. In
the case of search results related to the Parkland shooting, that
alleged influence is becoming even more apparent.
week, the staff at The Free Thought Project began testing various
keywords related to the Parkland shooting on different search
engines, and we noticed that if our search terms were
controversial, the first page of Google results was filled with
entirely different information than the other search engines. The
information showed on Google was often not relevant to our search,
and the results always seemed to support the official narrative.
most striking of these results came when we searched for the words
“girl says 3 shooters parkland,” expecting the news
footage of an eyewitness from the school
saying that there were multiple shooters.
Google this video did not come up, nor did any articles about the
statement that the student made to the news, despite the fact that
our search was extremely specific. Don’t be fooled by the top
article “Calling B.S in
Parkland, Florida,” it is an op-ed promoting gun control.
enough, when we searched for the same keywords on Yahoo, Bing or
Duck Duck Go, each search engine brought up exactly what we were
seeking. Try this experiment yourself and see what you come up
with. It does not just have to be for this story—if you find other
stories and search terms that Google appears to be suppressing,
let us know. Below are screenshots from Duck Duck Go and Bing. We
did not post Yahoo because their results were identical to Bing.
Google became the most popular
search engine on the web because it connected people with the
links that were close to their searches while offering up a wide
variety of different sources. But now it is obviously far past
time to move onto more trusted platforms.
the early days of the internet, search engines and service
providers like youtube acted as a gateway to the world. But over
the years the most powerful of these companies have increasingly
begun to act as gatekeepers, caving into pressure from the
the last two years, censorship on the internet has been brought to
an all-time high, thanks to “fake news” hysteria and a consistent
campaign from the mainstream media to silence dissenting voices
during times of tragedy when the official story has come into
question—like the recent shootings in Las Vegas or Parkland.
of investigating stories and asking tough questions, the
mainstream media simply regurgitate press releases from police and
government agencies. Before the internet gave birth to the
alternative media there was only one side to every news story, the official
narrative, and for the most part, everyone believed it.
Even if news outlets have partisan disagreements about politics,
they always sell the basic version of reality, especially when it
comes to questioning information handed down from those in
the alternative media has grown in size and relevance in recent
years, there has become a wide range of perspectives for people to
choose from, and there is no longer just one side to the story
when large news events happen. Now there are many different
investigations and theories behind every event—from the brilliant
to the insane—leaving it up to the reader to use their own
critical thinking when reading this news.
see this as some type of breakdown of reality, where everyone just
adopts whatever version of the world that suits their needs. While
this is a legitimate problem that does happen to some extent—in
the case of online echo chambers and actual fake news—these things
are far less dangerous than allowing an all-powerful media cartel
to think for us.