By: Brian Evans
Over the past year, it has become increasingly apparent that the suppression and censorship of conservative and christian voices has been on a massive rise. It has brought about complaints by concerned citizens, and organizations. American’s don’t want government to control the internet, but still want American’s to have the freedom of speech not only vocally, but in the digital world as well. Organizations like Free our Internet have become a prominent figure in America’s fight for a free and open internet. However, the internet is becoming a far greater threat to America’s constitutional principles than just censorship. Internet giants are harvesting data on individuals, collecting DNA, and manipulating election outcomes. American’s have become concerned about the infringement of their right to privacy, and silicon valley power, and THEY SHOULD BE!
In recent months, new and frightening evidence has seeped from the bowels of Silicone Valley internet giants, as we learn of the massive invasion of privacy that they have on the American people. In fact, Silicon Valley giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and their co-conspirators have gone much deeper into our lives than most Americans realize.
In fact, Facebook is storing information about not only users, but non-Facebook users as well. They are using face recognition called DeepFace, which is being used to monitor, track, and record individuals biometric information, with or without their permission. In fact, Facebook is using photos posted on their platform by friends and family that analyzes and records their facial information as well, and it does so with over 97% accuracy. Meanwhile, Facebook and Google can track Facebook users and non-users on GPS enabled apps like Waze, Maps, and other apps available on the marketplace, and owned by Google or Facebook. The internet and social media giants collect driving data and can report how fast you’re going, and has access to your entire driving record. As a result, Google has begun sharing that data with governments, so they can monitor citizens more closely. Brazil was the first country to begin harvesting data from these systems, and now fourteen other countries are interested in doing the same in coming years. But, does that mean that you should delete MAPS, Waze, and other GPS apps from your electronics? No, because it would be pointless. That is because Google can collect data on individuals, regardless of whether or not they are using one of their products. In fact, Google has its tentacles wrapped around countless companies, apps, platforms, and products. Most city, state, and federal governments use Google products. Schools, libraries, and educational institutions use Google products. Cars, traffic lights, and businesses use Google products. Therefore, you cannot avoid Google, Facebook, or other Silicone Valley Big Brother monitoring equipment. Even when you are on the internet, on another browser, advertisers can track your keystrokes and clicks, as you shop online, or when you swipe your credit card at a brick and mortar store. Typically, the users don’t even realize that they are being monitored, and since Google’s advertisement agency ‘DoubleClick’ controls 57% of the market, it is simply unavoidable not to be caught by their watchful eye. As a result, governments, foreign or domestic, can track American citizens movements and whereabouts, meaning that you can run…but never hide.
Now, it has been discovered that Google may have access to our genetic information. Information that originated from Ancestry.com. Google uses Calico, a biotech firm who is owned by Google’s Alphabet. In fact, in 2013 Google’s Alphabet reached a deal to access people’s genetic information that had been sent off to Ancestry.com, who employed Calico, to try to find their ancestors, and family tree. Now, government agencies and law enforcement can get that genetic information, without your permission, and without a warrant. A frightening discovery in the slow incineration of America’s constitutional freedoms.
Kids are off-limits though…Right? WRONG!!! Google even tracks what your children are doing at school, where they go after school, what they are doing, what they are buying, and even how much they spend. In fact, Google has offered many free applications for schools to use in kindergarten through 12th Grade, but it comes at a cost to your children’s privacy. Google admittedly mines and collects student data, and while they claim it is for commercial use in selling their products to educators, many are gravely concerned about student privacy.
Now, Breitbart News has brought to light research data that shows how Google can manipulate the opinions of undecided voters by a whopping 43.4%. It all came to light when Breitbart looked into a study that was done by Dr. Robert Epstein and his team at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology.
The research was based on 16 months of experiments , with 1,800 participants in the study from all over the 50 states. Participants were from diverse ideological backgrounds that included all ends of the spectrum including liberal, conservative, and moderate. Also, the participants were required to judge political candidates that they were unfamiliar with, in order to control biases.
The report exposed how Google inserts negative search suggestions, under the name of a candidate. It is what Epstein calls the “Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME).
Research demonstrated how the manipulation of results pages in search engines can shift the voting preferences of undecideds by anywhere between 20 and 80 percent, depending on the demographic.
The research demonstrates how search engines like Google can affect or manipulate voters by simply suggesting negative or positive search terms when a political candidate’s name is entered into the search bar. Dr. Epstein’s research found that when negative search terms are suggested for a candidate, it can have a dramatic effect on voter opinion.
The voting preferences of participants who saw no search suggestions shifted toward the favored candidate by 37.1%. The voting preferences of participants in the search suggestion groups who saw only positive search suggestions shifted similarly (35.6%). However, the voting preferences of participants who saw three positive search suggestions and one negative search suggestion barely shifted (1.8%); this occurred because the negative search suggestion attracted more than 40% of the clicks (negativity bias). In other words, a single negative search suggestion can impact opinions dramatically. Participants who were shown four negative suggestions (and no positives) shifted away from the candidate shown in the search bar (-43.4%).
Consequently, the researchers reveal that search engines like Google can manipulate voter opinions and shift an election’s outcome. In fact, the results can swing voters from a…
“50/50 split among people who are undecided on an issue to a 90/10 split without people’s awareness and without leaving a paper trail for authorities to follow.”
The research goes on to reference allegations that Google manipulated the 2016 election as well, as evidence pointed to the internet giant allowing negative search results for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders to flood the internet, while negative search results for Hillary Clinton were buried and suppressed.
Similar results occur on Google that promote Google owned companies or subsidiaries, while suppressing competing businesses, thus making it hard to compete against the power-hungry, internet controlling company. According to the research summary, “The same pattern occurs for other major advertisers on Google, among them Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Zillow.” Google also suppresses news stories and online news sources that are conservative or christian based. As a result, news organizations like New York Times, Huffington Post, Washington Post, CNN, and other Progressive Socialist leaning news organizations get promoted to the head of the search results, while Gateway Pundit, Washington Times, Daily Caller, Breitbart, Fox News, and other anti-Progressive Socialist sites are buried and suppressed. Yet another example of controlling the flow of information involves how Facebook, Google, Apple, and other internet giants have begun censoring conservative and christian individuals and companies; therefore, new startups like Gab.ai formed. Gab allows users to communicate freely, and users can sensor their own content, rather than the company deciding who can, or cannot communicate. Consequently, Google’s Playstore, Twitter, and Apple’s Itunes have banned the platform. They claim it promotes ‘hate speech’, since they refuse to censor users. However, Gab restricts users from using the platform to threaten violence or acts of terror. They prohibit illegal pornography, posting confidential information of users, infringing copyright, impersonating others, manipulating voting, spam, or illegal transactions. Gab enforces these rules and reminds users to follow their guidelines, or face intermittent, temporary, permanent suspension of their accounts. Also, they can face permanent expulsion, depending on the seriousness of their violation. Regardless, since Gab refuses to censor non-Progressive conservatives or christians, Gab has been banned on iTunes, the Google Playstore, and other internet platforms, and deemed racist. However, despite Google and others attempts to stop their free-speech counterpart, Gab has been exploding in user numbers, as Twitter and Facebook censor and purge those who disagree with their Progressive-Socialist ideology. Meanwhile, Mainstream Media has tried to label the social media site as the ‘White Supremacist’ site, to try to discourage user growth.
Consequently, Google has become a major liability in America’s fight to preserve freedom, privacy, and the free flow of ideas and information. In fact, Google is likely the most powerful force on earth, as they are able to freely breach American’s privacy, suppress information that goes against their own personal ideological beliefs, promote Progressive-Socialist ideas and information, and potentially control who does or does not get elected to political positions. Government positions that could allot even more power over America and American’s rights and freedoms. As a result, Internet Giants, and especially Google has become a massive powerhouse that now controls not only the flow of information, but ‘We the People’. Therefore, America must act now, and put an end to the out-of-control giants. Bills in Congress have been put forward to break up Google’s monopoly, but protections for American’s privacy must be included in any internet legislation. Protections that make the cyber world responsible for following the same Bill of Rights and laws that companies must follow in other areas of our lives. While regulation’s can be dangerous on one side, we must end Google and other Silicon Valley giants overreach into the lives of American’s, and put control measures to ensure that they are not allowed to suppress the free flow of information and ideas on the internet. If we do not, our constitutional republic is at risk of hitting a threshold, where American’s could lose our rights, freedoms, and everything that our Founding Fathers and ancestors fought so hard to ensure for not only ourselves, but for future generations to come.