Who would have thought that the Neo Nazi group called Stormfront would successful push it’s fictional reality and hate speech to dominate the top of Google ranks for queries about the Holocaust?
Well, anyone who put any thought into it. In fact, I wrote about the power of electronic grass roots in 2007 and anything that can be used for good can also be used for evil; it just didn’t occur to me at the time the amount of evil the U.S. was prepared to make main stream. The ultra-right wing, anti-semitic, anti-muslim community has hijacked Google results for thousands of queries and turn it into a platform for hate speech.
Carole Cadwalladr’s MUST READ post on the Guardian points out that Google is not ‘just’ a platform. Google frames, shapes and distorts how we see the world
Today’s White Knight SEO is John Doherty, @dohertyjf, who has launched a simple site aimed at showing the holocaust did happen. While this is a worthy effort, Google needs to completely reevaluate their claim that the algorithm is somehow “neutral” and figure out how to inject some accepted science and truth into the matter.
Next up, I am sure, is “Is Climate Change Real”, with the #2 spot held down by a site “ClimateChangeScam_com”