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Google is filtering news for the wrong reason

If the standard is corporate safety, democracy has a problem

Leonid Bershidsky | Bloomberg 

We’ve known for a long time that Google makes content decisions, but recent moves in the direction of censorship are going too far. Unfortunately, it’s hard to imagine a regulatory backlash given Google’s victims: websites that no mainstream politician will defend. Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, told a conference on Monday the company was working to engineer RT and Sputnik, the Russian propaganda channels, out of the Google News aggregator. “We don’t want to ban the sites,” Schmidt said. “That’s ...

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First Published: Wed, November 22 2017. 22:38 IST