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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Daily Mail quantifies Google’s shocking political bias, and how sites like Jihad Watch are massively affected

Daily Mail quantifies Google’s shocking political bias, and how sites like Jihad Watch are massively affected

MAY 13, 2019 10:45 AM BY MARC22 COMMENTS

This article discusses general political bias in Google search results. “Google’s bias towards left-wing media outlets has been laid bare by an algorithm which detected that it favors sites including CNN and The New York Times over others. According to data compiled by researchers from Northwestern University, the search engine promoted those sites over others repeatedly in November 2017.”

Such interference has had a massive impact on sites such as Jihad Watch.

This is additional to the simple manual faking of results beyond the algorithms that I shared 2.5 years ago here.

The bias of Google providing content from nearly all Left Wing sources is actually on a scale far more than I expected. Google has insisted repeatedly that is does not interfere with search engine results, but I have proven that is indeed the case for this site specifically; and we can see here a pattern of similar abuse broadly directing their users to their preferred results.  That is not what you would expect from an “organic” search result.  It’s manipulated process.  It’s social engineering on a global scale.

This news is based on Google’s specific bad practices only. We know there is similar bias with other search engines and social media.  A growing proportion of people consider Facebook and Twitter to be their primary news sources, sources which I assume (when someone quantifies the bias) will be far greater, on top of the bannings and shadow-bannings we have seen in our communities.

“Google’s left-leaning media bias revealed: Academic study exposes how search engine massively over-promotes results from liberal news websites over right”, by Jennifer Smith, Daily Mail,  May 12, 2019:

Google‘s bias towards left-wing media outlets has been laid bare by an algorithm which detected that it favors sites including CNN and The New York Times over others.

According to data compiled by researchers from Northwestern University, the search engine promoted those sites over others repeatedly in November 2017.

Of the 6,302 articles that appeared in Google’s ‘top stories’ page that month after a term was searched, more than 10 percent were by CNN.

The New York Times was the second most favored and accounted for 6.5 percent of articles. The Washington Post was third with 5.6 percent.

By contrast, Fox News, the most right-wing outlet in mainstream media, was the source of just three percent of the stories which appeared.

Of the 6,302 articles that appeared in Google’s ‘top stories’ page that month after a term was searched, more than 10 percent were by CNN

Nearly all (86 percent) of the stories came from just 20 sources and of them, 62 percent were considered to be left-leaning.

The research sheds new light on the unprecedented power the search engine has in influencing the external traffic to news sites, a hot topic in the worlds of media and politics given Facebook’s recently reduced output.

For example, the researchers found that CNN got a 24 percent bump in traffic as a result of having its stories featured in the ‘Top Stories’ box.

The most featured sources, in order, were CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox News, BBC, USA Today, LA Times, The Guardian, Politico, ABC News, CBS News, NPR, NBC News, CNBC, Reuters, Huffington Post, The Verge, Al Jazeera, The Hill and People.

For some stories there was a shortage of sources but a search for Rex Tillerson, the former Secretary of State, turfed up stories from 38 sources.

Despite the plethora of sources, 75 percent of the promoted stories about Tillerson came from The New York Times and CNN, the researchers found.

Newer articles that were only a few hours old or even less than an hour old were promoted over older ones

The data also revealed that while left-leaning sites produced more articles on any given subject (2.2 times as many as those on the right), Google’s Top Stories selection seemed to inflate the difference.

‘In Google Top Stories, that ratio was 3.2, indicating that the curation algorithm was slightly magnifying the left-leaning skew,’  Nicholas Diakopoulos, one of the two researchers, writes in The Columbia Journalism Review. 

The issue of search engine and social media bias towards media has long been a source of contention in the news industry but it became a mainstream point of concern during the 2016 election when Facebook banned right-wing media outlets that were favored by Trump supporters.

Google decides what goes into its Top Stories slot by using an algorithm which it insists is not bias.

Since then, amid a crisis of allowing fake and nefarious news sites perpetuated largely by Russian bots, Facebook has announced that it will focus less on news articles and more on its users personal interactions.

The decision sent shockwaves through media outlets which had relied on the traffic Facebook sent its way and it afforded even more power to Google…….

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