Google goes Chinese on 13 leftist (and quasi-leftist) websites

From Raju Das (via Bertell Ollman):

Technology has always been a tool in the hands of the capitalist class (even if it is not just that). The information technology is no exception.  

Many people rely on google searches to access information from progressive sources. Recent changes to Google’s algorithm have negatively impacted the volume of traffic to the progressive and Marxist websites. Google has said that its update of its search engine will block access to what it considers “offensive” sites, while working to surface more “authoritative content.”

The sites adversely affected, and the percent decline in the traffic during the three month period since May 2017, are as follows:

wsws.org fell by 67 percent

alternet.org fell by 63 percent

globalresearch.ca fell by 62 percent

consortiumnews.com fell by 47 percent

socialistworker.org fell by 47 percent

mediamatters.org fell by 42 percent

commondreams.org fell by 37 percent

internationalviewpoint.org fell by 36 percent

democracynow.org fell by 36 percent

wikileaks.org fell by 30 percent

truth-out.org fell by 25 percent

counterpunch.org fell by 21 percent

theintercept.com fell by 19 percent

 

source: wsws.org

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