Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Google News Censorship Increased Further

Google has been censoring news results for long. While censoring of unique identification authority of India (UIDAI) related posts is a very regular feature yet censorship and filtering of news regarding international organisations like World Bank and world intellectual property organisation (WIPO) is the latest trend.

For some strange reasons the article titled WIPO patent committee discussed tech transfer and public health has been filtered twice. There is no technical error and webmaster tool of Google is also not showing any error. Even the novel excuse of Google news server 503 error is also missing.

Google has been in controversies from time to time. Whether it is illegal data gathering, censorship of Google news searches, manipulation of search results, etc, Google has been doing it all.

Further, Google has been censoring critical web posts regarding Aadhar project of India and unique identification authority of India (UIDAI) for the past two or more years. Further, it has also temporarily filtered some of our posts questioning the practice of World Bank to grant unaccountable loans to countries like India. Further, international loans and grants related posts questioning the role of World Bank and Indian government are also poorly placed in search results.

It is not clear why Google is doing so. But it would be safe to presume that Google is doing this to safeguard its own commercial interests in India even if means violating civil liberties of Indians. The draconian cyber law of India has finally started showing its true nature. Let us see what is waiting for us in future.