by: Vicki Batts
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Big Tech’s slow drift into full blown censorship has prompted scrutiny nationwide. Across Silicon Valley, thought suppression and censure have quickly become the norm — and now, experts are weighing in on the situation. There is an inherent danger to letting any organization, whether it be a government or privately held group, dictate what kind of speech is acceptable at such a large scale.
And when it comes to search engines like Google, the danger of that power is even more pronounced, as tech companies are increasingly gaining control of the lens through which so many of us view the world. By controlling search results, news feeds and more, Big Tech can, in essence, control the way users see the world. And by controlling what people see, the industry can influence how they think.
Dr. Robert Epstein, a Ph.D. psychologist who studies search engine manipulation, says that Google’s efforts at swaying public opinion are even more dangerous than communist China’s attempts at controlling citizens.
Expert warns that Google is going too far
Dr. Epstein recently came forward with his concern about Google’s new commitment to censorship, stating that the invisible and insidious nature of Google’s suppression is far more alarming than similar efforts taking place in China.
“To me, [China’s manipulation] is scary, but people are aware of it. It’s done openly by the government. I think what is happening elsewhere in the world that’s being driven mostly by Google I think is much more dangerous, because it’s mostly invisible,” Epstein told PJ Media.
“There’s no transparency, there’s no accountability. It’s a more ambitious kind of surveillance than that of the Chinese government,” he added.
Epstein’s criticisms of Google come after a damning document link revealed a chain of emails in which Google employees discussed ways in which they could manipulate search engine results during future election seasons.
Censorship is already here