Sunday, April 09, 2006

Google Promotes Hezbollah Propaganda, Part II

I wrote a post last week on the fact that the news agency of the Hezbollah was a source for Google News. Since then, a number of blogs picked up this story, including: Atlas Shrugs, Little Green Footballs, and Gates of Vienna

I would like to respond to some of the comments questioning Google’s responsibility, in light of the fact that its news section is based on a random algorithm. While this fact is correct, Google bears the responsibility of selecting and removing any source on its news section.

In an interview reproduced in InternetNews last year, Google spokesman Steve Langdon explained that “news media must apply to be included in Google News and they are evaluated by editors before inclusion”. As reported, he wouldn't provide a list of news media that Google News indexes, nor would he give details of the evaluation process or criteria for inclusion.

It’s painfully obvious that Google News has selected Hezbollah’s Al-Manar as one of its news sources. The question now remains: How is the blog community going to get Google to remove its content from its news service? What actions will Google take to make sure that a terrorist-funded news source does not make it again to the Google News list?

5 Comments:

At Mon Apr 10, 05:41:00 PM PDT, Blogger Dymphna said...

Google's agenda and its hubris prevent any practical solution...except not to use them for news stories.

And most people are that politically meticulous.

 
At Mon Apr 10, 05:42:00 PM PDT, Blogger Dymphna said...

I meant "most people are NOT that politically meticulous."

Wish they were.

 
At Sat Jul 15, 08:27:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Google has quite a bit of Arab money behind it in order to tow their line. Look at their SEC filings and see the Sauddi Arabian and other arab ownership

 
At Sat Jul 15, 08:28:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, Google has been anti-American in its publications of adwords going to the arab point of view

 
At Sat Jul 15, 08:29:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The founders of Google took a lot of arabian money to publish their views

 

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