The first amendment and freedom of the press make up the very foundation on which America is built. Diverse opinions and representation from all points of view are important and the only way to ensure a progressive, thinking society. That’s why I’m really troubled by Google’s recent attack on independent journalism.
Last week, Google, which controls over two-thirds of Internet searches in the United States, removed 140,000 articles and pages from Natural News from its search results. In other words, Google will not display any search results from Natural News regardless if the content is relevant.
The action is both curious and a cause for concern. Natural News is one of the world’s top resources for health, education, and activism related information. What motivations would Google have for completely banning Natural News?
Some have speculated the move could be a response to a violation of Google’s Terms of Service, but Mike Adams maintains that Natural News follows the rules. And, even more, web technology experts have analyzed the Natural News website and are unable to find any reasonable explanation why Google would ban the entire website.
Google, an organization notorious for acting without explanation, remains silent—and that’s unacceptable.
This move sets a bad precedent. It’s up to us, the American citizens, to judge information for ourselves and make up our own minds. Personally, I believe in free speech and access to information; I don’t want or need search engines to filter my content.
Google’s selective enforcement restricts access to legitimate news stories that are researched, verified, and well-written. The absence of Natural News from Google’s index means that, right this very moment, millions of people are actively being denied valuable information that’s not reported by corporate-controlled media.
Much of the media is corporate-controlled. Many media and news sources have consolidated. The amount of political bias is staggering. Not to mention that major outlets have proven to be vulnerable to manipulation and coercion. Independent media is the last source of truth, and it’s more important now than ever.
I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from readers who support Natural News and want to know how they can help. Mike Adams has started a petition to the Trump administration to halt Google’s suppression of free speech. Nearly 60,000 people have signed this petition, but they need 100,000 to get a response.
I urge you to sign the petition and tell the Trump administration that free speech matters to you.
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