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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Google My Leftist Ideology

Okay, I really don't have too much leftist ideology.

But I have very little use for the Google search engine either. I would commend Google for providing the forum for this editorial, however; Blogger being a member of the Google family.

One of the classy features of the various search engines is their ability to sell advertising to defray the costs of operation. Like many of you, I love free, even when it is only virtual. But I still expect some modicum of fairness. Why? I don't know, call me a dreamer.

Today, I received an alert email from The nature of this alert was that was being refused the privilege of running an advertisement on the Google Search Engine because "Google policy does not permit ad text that advocates against an individual, group or organization." This, in spite of the fact that the ad was exactly the same ad that was running on Google, and still was at the time of the alert, using the name Tom DeLay rather than Nancy Pelosi.

So, according to Google, it is terrific to advocate against a conservative, but not against a liberal. Read the whole story here.

In the sense of honesty, Google, please change you policy to read, "Google policy does not permit ad text that advocates against any liberal individual, group or organization. This policy, however, does not apply to conservatives."

Right Wing Nut Job


  • Yes, I saw that too, RWNJ!

    Right out there in the open - total bias.

    By Anonymous Juleni, at 2:53 PM  

  • Google has now taken down the anti-Delay ad. I think they have a ways to go before I believe thay are not LLL's

    By Blogger levi from queens, at 3:40 PM  

  • Last year Google was accused of being anti-liberal and biased towards conservatives.

    It's actually funny to see how much the two articles have in common.
    Both start with pointing out the enormous influence Google has on people, then point to discrimination and arbitrary censorship and then end with pointing out that the other side ads' are freely allowed and not being pulled.

    Ads are allowed to run before they actually get reviewed. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if most don't actually end up getting reviewed until after a number of complaints.
    Whichever side ends up complaining the most about the other side's ad "wins".
    They'd be better off refusing political ads altogether or actually withhold running ads until they get reviewed and ok'ed.

    By Anonymous Vanessa, at 5:01 PM  

  • CT#1824
    One possible reason that there seems to be a tilt towards a more conservative ideology is that internet users are generally better educated, can afford a computer, and have jobs. This tends to describe conservatives much more accurately than liberals...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:55 AM  

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