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?