Google Sins

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE

It appears the British left have added irony to the list of senses they are prepared to rid themselves of as they continue to take on the crudeness of their American cousins, with attacks against the man famed for refusing to appease Hitler now regarded as victories amongst our anti-fascists. Despite finding newfound reverence from the more feral corners of the left, Google now invites us to believe there wasn’t a hint of malice behind Churchill’s photo disappearing from its search engine and that we may simply chalk it up to a ‘technical glitch’. An invitation that, through credulity or capitulation, LBC’s Ian Dale was all too happy to accept, urging the cynics amongst us to ‘stand down’. Of course, there are those who take their cynicism a little further, suggesting Dale’s recent displays of poltroonery are a result of Nigel Farage recently finding himself turfed out from LBC, the carcass of his career now gibbeted as a warning to any presenter tempted to stray a step rightward. Though Mr Dale assured us that any talk of Farage having been fired is, like that of Google bias, for the tinfoil and that his contract merely came to an amicable end. In that context, Google’s glitch guff slides somewhat easier down the gullet. 

Curious, though, that both Churchill’s bronze and digital image should vanish within days of one another, this glitch occurring just two days after Britain’s Bulldog was muzzled with anti-Marxist casing in Parliament Square. The truth is, with so much of our personal and work information housed in its code, anyone is just a ‘technical glitch’ away from seeing their whole life vanish into Google’s pixelated ether – and not without a nudge of the keyboard, one suspects. Google’s Alphabet Inc holding company a dangerous mix of innovation and planning to rule the globe.

The early noughties saw the commandment ‘Don’t be evil’ inscribed as Google’s slogan. A corporation concerning itself in matters of morality wouldn’t be quite so sinister if we were all singing from the same hymn sheet, so to speak. But as Google-owned Youtube have now deemed the word Christian to be ‘unacceptable content’ for their targeted advertising, there are likely to be some discrepancies between what Silicon Valley and the Holy See consider evil. Not content with stopping Christians from advertising their videos to one another, there are reports of Youtube feverishly purging any videos that have even a hint of holiness about them – of the Christian sort that is. Religions considered to be less ‘Western’ are said to slip through the censors with surprising ease.

In a senate hearing last year, Dr Robert Epstein and radio host Denis Prager gave testimonies confirming this anti-Christian bias and spoke of how the tech giant is capable of ‘manipulating votes’. Prager claimed a video of the ten commandments had run foul of Youtube censors, specifically for the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’. Sure, this could be due to automated algorithms latching onto ‘kill’ but even when reviewed by Youtube moderators, the video was never reinstated. Prager went on to say how he uploaded fifteen videos showing Israel in a positive light only for Youtube to remove half of them. ‘There is clearly a loathing of Israel at Google’, Prager concluded. Dr Epstein explained how Google and Facebook are capable of voter manipulation through prioritising pro-Democrat search results and only sending vote reminders to their left-wing users. It’s perhaps no coincidence that in 2016 the biggest donor to Alphabet Inc. was none other than Hillary Clinton. Dr Epstein surmises that through the deceitful tactics laid out in his testimony, Google may have bagged her 2.6 – 10.4 million votes.

In 2018, it came to light that Google were working with the Chinese Communist Party on a secret project named ‘Dragonfly’. It was to be a heavily censored search engine designed with the authoritarian sensibilities of the CCP in mind, preventing its citizens from searching for concepts such as freedom of speech and human rights. Incidentally, and that same year, Google seemed to have quietly dropped their ‘don’t be evil’ slogan – a technical glitch, one presumes?

James Bembridge is Deputy Editor of Country Squire Magazine.

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