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1/18/10
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So__Long__G00gle

Why does Google censor search results?

I was very shocked and disgusted to find out that Google is censoring search results and Google Suggest suggestions. If one types in "climategate" it returns approximately 1,770,000 hits in Google while Bing returns in excess of 51,000,000 hits. Furthermore, the newspaper article where I read about this egregious censorship indicated that the number of hits was much higher when the story first broke, but the number of hits started dropping in subsequent days.

I have long been a fan and avid user of all things Google. Furthermore, I accepted as a necessary evil the practice of censoring adult themed or immoral and illegal websites. I even accepted that providing a censored version of Google in China was benign. However, censoring web content to suit a particular policy or economic agenda clearly contravenes Google's stated objective of "Don't be evil". To be clear, I find manipulation of public discourse to be very evil and I am still in shock that individuals in your company would allow such an clear violation of public trust. Your company name has become synonymous with web searching. You are a trusted source of information for the entire western world. It is shameful that you would allow that trust to be broken to support any particular policy or economic agenda.

I will be uninstalling all Google applications that I use at work and at home in protest of Google censorship and I will no longer use Google search or Google Maps. I will also relay my findings to everyone I know so that they are aware that they are being manipulated. It's a shame really as I quite like Google Earth & Google Chrome and Google Search has been a part of my daily routine for many years. This is the best advertisement for Bing I have seen to date.
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mooredc54
1/18/10
mooredc54
Climategate is the 1st Google Suggestion when you type climate.  Comments?
1/18/10
Original Poster
So__Long__G00gle
Yes, you are correct, that does seem to be the case. I tried it right after reading the newspaper article and it did not suggest climategate at that time and now it does. I am glad to see Google Suggest working properly again.
Thanks for the feedback. 
The search results are still very low compared to other search engines. The hits also seem to be weighted towards sites supportive of the theory of anthropogenic climate change.
dwight.stegall
1/18/10
dwight.stegall
I think it would have been more prudent to ask what it was about without threatening to uninstall everything and leave.
mooredc54
1/18/10
mooredc54
Google admits that their results counts are not very accurate to begin with and not knowing what the counting methodology is you may be comparing apples and oranges.

Perhaps Google only counts pages that contain the search term while other search engines may count every occurance of the search term even if it appears 10 times on the same page.

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