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G++gle Simply Cannot Be Trusted
Another data point indicates the search giant is a hub in the censorship-industrial complex. (It's likely yours truly was censored.) In this time of information warfare, we need subversive innovation.
By way of summary, in August 2021, I invited readers to consider three possibilities:
Anthony Fauci and his agency might be responsible for funding research that led to a lab accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
As a kind of monopsony, the U.S. government probably supports enormously risky gain-of-function or similar research.
Anthony Fauci, Francis Collins, and others — who then controlled the monopsony — were probably involved in a cover-up about the likely origins of the virus.
As of today (July 23, 2023), one can run a search test among three competing search engines: G++gle, DuckDuckGo, and Presearch. (The latter is the most decentralized and censorship-resistant.)
Using G++gle, I could not find my original article using the article title:
As you can see, a 2022 article by Fox News appears, but that piece had been published nearly a year after my “Fawning Over Fauci” was published. I could not find my article after continuing to scroll through the results.
Using DuckDuckGo, my article lands at #1 in the results, followed by the Fox News piece:
And using Presearch—my favorite decentralized, censorship-resistance search engine—I got the following result for the title:
As you can see, my “Fawning Over Fauci” was ranked #3 using Presearch.
So, how did G++gle manage to lose my article entirely?
I suppose it’s possible that there was a glitch or caching error when using the search Goliath. The more likely scenario is that a human actor scrubbed the article after having deemed my queries misinformation, disinformation, or malformation—the watchwords of censors.
We know that G++gle routinely engages in all manner of information control practices designed to shape user perceptions around preferred narratives. Now that so many of the relevant emails among Fauci’s cadre have been unredacted, it is becoming increasingly clear that the questions I posed in “Fawning Over Fauci” were the right questions. Media manipulators like those who tweak the algorithms and censor users from Mountain View have never been interested in helping people find the truth.
They have become power’s handmaidens, using their market power for ideological ends.
The point of this article is not to cry that a tech giant probably censored me. I join innumerable others whose lives have been affected—some of whom have lost their livelihoods. The point is that those dedicated to underthrow have to engage in subversive innovation. Sometimes that is as simple as being a dedicated user of subversive tools instead of centralized legacy systems.
If your aim is to protect free speech and collective intelligence, can you switch to a subversive innovation venture such as Presearch?
If your aim is to undermine the unjust authority of the central-banking regime and its attendant banking cartel, can you acquire a cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin?
If your aim is to participate in a censorship-resistant social media network, can you start using Nostr?
If you can recommend other subversive innovation ventures, please do so in the comments.
Disclosure: I am honored to call the Presearch founder my friend and part of the rebel alliance.