Why are results being censored?1 Recommended Answer
I refer you to this question: http://www.google.co.uk/support/forum/p/Web+Search/thread?tid=36605009ca4bca98&hl=en
The text of it can be found here: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2mm5q4m&s=6
Or possibly still here: http://is.gd/cCGFT
Considering the Lyor Cohen's history, it certainly raises questions, especially considering Bing and Yahoo have also censored this page. Unless Google can come up with a decent explanation, this puts a black mark against them.
"Three competing search engines have conspired together to censor a single satirical Wiki page." Let that sink in.
What is MORE likely going on here, is that these respective algorithms ARE actually doing their job, and have noticed that someone has been spamming links to this article throughout EncyclopediaDramatica. OR perhaps EncyclopediaDramatica simply has an issue with certain pages NOT being indexed correctly. OR perhaps the respective algorithms deem that particular page "offensive" and as such have filtered it from results due to violence, racism, or pornography.
But I'm probably wasting my breath. I'm sure none of these plausible explanations will have any sway with you, Green. Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo are clearly working together in a dimly-lit underground Internet control center.
The spamming of the links to this article occoured AFTER the removal of the page from the search results - maybe you could be intellectually honest; if you've seen those links then you know that they're there BECAUSE of the page's removal.
If Google's algorithms deem that the only page in ED worthy of blocking, then Google needs to sort those algorithms out big time, because that's possibly the least offensive page on the entire website.
And an indexing problem? On one page only? That doesn't affect other search engines (For the record, Yahoo is now showing the result and Ask are now censoring it)? And that one page just happens to be an insulting page on a man famous for getting stuff removed from the internet?
The question isn't ARE Google censoring the page - it isn't showing up in their results. The question is WHY are they censoring the page? If they actually came out and gave an explanation, even a poor one, then I'd be happier - instead they've deleted a complaint about it. Now, they haven't deleted mine, or another that was posted, which makes me inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt - I just want them to actually give an explanation.
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