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Google and Facebook on an Internet Censorship Rampage at Request of US, Israeli Officials.

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  • Part 1: Google’s Eric Schmidt Admits Political Censorship Of Search Results
    • Google’s efforts are just one part of a much wider government-corporate drive to assert control over the flow of information over the Internet ... .
  • Part 2: Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments
    • As is always true of censorship, there is one, and only one, principle driving all of this: power.

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Part 1: Google’s Eric Schmidt Admits Political Censorship Of Search Results

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Google has been deliberately altering its search algorithms and taking other steps to prevent people from accessing certain information and specific websites through its search engines.
Google’s efforts are just one part of a much wider government-corporate drive to assert control over the flow of information over the Internet ... .

Niles NiemuthWorld Socialist Website  / Rise Up Times

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November 27, 2017 | Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, confirmed this weekend that the world’s largest Internet company is, in close coordination with the state, manipulating search results to censor sites critical of the US government.

Responding to a question about the “manipulation of information” on the Internet during an appearance at the Halifax International Security Forum, Schmidt announced that Google is working on algorithms that will “de-rank” Russian-based news websites RT and Sputnik from its Google News services, effectively blocking users’ access to either site.

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Part 2: Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

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Glenn GreenwaldThe Intercept / Rise Up Times

December 30 2017 | In September of last year, we noted that Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli government to determine which Facebook accounts of Palestinians should be deleted on the ground that they constituted “incitement.” The meetings — called for and presided over by one of the most extremist and authoritarian Israeli officials, pro-settlement Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked — came after Israel threatened Facebook that its failure to voluntarily comply with Israeli deletion orders would result in the enactment of laws requiring Facebook to do so, upon pain of being severely fined or even blocked in the country.

The predictable results of those meetings are now clear and well-documented. Ever since, Facebook has been on a censorship rampage against Palestinian activists who protest the decades-long, illegal Israeli occupation, all directed and determined by Israeli officials. Indeed, Israeli officials have been publicly boasting about how obedient Facebook is when it comes to Israeli censorship orders.

Glenn Greenwald, winner of the Polk Award for national security reporting, is an American columnist, blogger, and author.

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