Saturday, May 21, 2011

Google: Being Evil?

Not content with messing up their blogging software, Google appears to be intentionally biasing its core search engine business to keep people away from web sites that express skepticism about global warming.

Google's "Code of Conduct" says:

Code of Conduct


"Don't be evil." Googlers generally apply those words to how we serve our users. But "Don't be evil" is much more than that. Yes, it's about providing our users unbiased access to information, focusing on their needs and giving them the best products and services that we can. But it's also about doing the right thing more generally -- following the law, acting honorably and treating each other with respect.  [emphasis mine]
Google is a publicly traded company and if I were a shareholder I would not be pleased about intentionally biasing results when the company states its results are "unbiased." Sounds like potential grounds for a shareholder lawsuit.

I have no idea whether Google losing my postings has to do with my stance on global warming (open-minded skepticism, but highly critical of the apocalyptic predictions from some pro-GW people) but now that I see they are apparently tinkering with other sites (Anthony's, Ann's) that express similar views, I'm going to start monitoring Google more closely.

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