Recently, Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, was quoted as saying “We’re not arguing for censorship, we’re arguing just take it off the page. Put it somewhere else. Make it harder to find.” In other words, Google is planning to censor their search results, making this one of the best examples of double-think I’ve ever come across. I thought I’d put Google to the test.
The first story I searched for, using the search “berkley mayor bamn member”, does not appear to have been censored. Both Google and Duck Duck Go brought up a number of articles discussing the fact that the mayor of Berkeley California is a member of the face book page of BAMN (by any means necessary, a violent far left wing movement). The actual articles found differed between the two search engines, presumably due to differences in their algorithms.
Next, I searched, using “cuny trump hitler”, for articles about the publicly funded college CUNY instructing its staff to teach George Sorros funded propaganda declaring Trump to be worse than Hitler. Duck Duck Go produced a list of 10 articles before falling back to articles comparing Trump to Hitler (which did not include the term CUNY):
But for this search, Google returned only one relevant result before falling back to weaker matches:
Worse yet, look at the quick search recommendations. None of them are related to the story. All appear to be searches that would give more of the Trump/Hitler comparison articles.
I find it very hard to believe that the lack of quality matches is unintentional. If anything, I would expect Google to find many more matches than Duck Duck Go, given that Google has a much greater ability to search the web, being larger and richer. At best, this shows that Duck Duck Go is superior to Google.