Will Google Self-Destruct?

VennerRoad By VennerRoad, 21st Feb 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Google is one of the largest, most valuable, and most beneficial companies in the world, but it could still self-destruct.

Will Google Self-Destruct?

If you are one of these myriad people who sits in front of a computer all day, all night, or all day and night, you’ve probably come across a website called Google. Seriously though, Google has been around since 1998. It was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who at the time were post-graduate students at Stanford University. The project actually started in 1996 as a search engine; it has since developed into something almost too big for a single human mind to fathom. Currently, Google offers everyone in the world who has on-line access:

A free account with e-mail, 15Gb of storage space, a personal calendar and a personal blog.
Google Docs - for on-line collaboration.
News archive and a limited newspaper archive.
Translation tool, and much more.

One of Google’s most popular features is YouTube, which was not developed within or by the company, but by three students from another university in 2005. It was acquired by Google the following year, and like its now parent company offers everyone with on-line access a free account which for all practical purposes has unlimited video upload capacity. While many users upload videos, often of their own creation, others are content simply to watch YouTube, whose content is staggering. Whether you want to watch documentaries, musicials, news reports, lectures, etc, etc, etc, there is something there for you.

The men behind Google and YouTube are extreme Libertarians who have enriched the world enormously. Google’s motto is “Don’t be evil”, or of you prefer, “Do the right thing”. Having said that, Google has been branded evil, including by one idiot UK politician. In 2013, Patricia Hodge lambasted the company for not paying its “fair share” of tax, but then what does she know? A company the size of Google is seen as a cash cow by many politicians, but the benefits it bestows on the world and in particular the UK would be greatly diminished if it were forced to hand over substantial tranches of its earnings to governments rather than to reinvest in its myriad projects, which now extend far beyond the Internet.

Although it has successefully defended itself from grasping politicians, Google has been under threat from another quarter, one that is far more serious, namely people who are often alluded to as social justice warriors, and often regard themselves as such, when what they are is something very different.

While Google offers everyone in the world a free YouTube account, there are those of a leftist persuasion who are unhappy with this. These include radical feminists and self-styled anti-fascists. The toxic ideology of feminism has insinuated its way into the fabric of Western society promoting ludicrous myths like the gender pay gap, the patriarchy, and rape culture - myths because they do not exist. Part of this pernicious victim narrative is that women are always powerless and in need not only of special protection but special privileges. The current push in the UK is for equal representation on the boards of the FT top 500 companies, though not in less prestigious but necessary professions such as building, refuse collection, or maintaining our sewers. This diversity nonsense has now found its way to Google, which fired engineer James Damore last summer after he produced a lengthy memorandum called Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber in which he put forward constructive criticism while acknowledging the existence of the mythical gender gap in technology. What next, the disability gap in heavyweight boxing? Feminists were ecstatic that Damore was fired, including the airhead leader of the UK’s Women’s Equality Party. Damore is currently suing Google, but whatever the outcome of that case, something far more sinister is happening with YouTube.

The rise of what Donald Trump has rightly called fake news has led to Google taking action against a number of YouTube channels that profess to report the news but which promote conspiratorial nonsense, ludicrous banter, and at times outright lies. Some of the people running these channels were making decent incomes and at times big money from them. The downside of giving everyone on the planet a voice is that a substantial number of such voices are involved in this fake news business, or are simply “fake”. The time will soon come if it hasn’t already when every celebrity, politician or business person throughout the world - of both sexes - will be alluded to in at least one video as part of some megalithic criminal conspiracy or murder gang.

Will Google Self-Destruct?

While libel laws do apply to cyberspace, there is really no way to stop the spread of such scurrilous nonsense; the removal of defamatory videos and blogs is inevitably interpreted by the conspiratards as the hidden hand suppressing the forbidden truth. Google does not tolerate extreme pornography, but almost everything else goes including discussion and promotion of subjects that have been criminalised in many countries. For example, Germany has strong laws against what is erroneously called Holocaust denial; the “hate speech” laws in the United Kingdom are so repressive that people frequently fall foul of them for the most innocuous of reasons. In 2015, legal proceedings were initiated against airhead Bahar Mustapha over a stupid Twitter hashtag, although these were shortly discontinued.

In the West, criticism of and outright blasphemy against Islam is tolerated, some people relishing in drawing cartoons of its Prophet and making all manner of ridiculous claims against the Qur’an, the Hadith, and Moslems in general. In Islamic countries, all such criticism and slander is suppressed. Google tolerates it all and more, wisely calculating that truth will usually out, while both stupidity and bigotry will eventually be recognised by most people if the offenders are given enough rope.

However, along with the demonetising of certain YouTube news and comment channels has come overt censorship. This has included cooperating with the Anti-Defamation League. For those au fait with this pernicious organisation, Defamation League sounds a more fitting name. In 2000, a judgment of nearly ten million dollars was awarded against it in a libel case when it overstepped the mark. After the infamous Flotilla Massacre of May 2010, the ADL branded the victims - including the nine men murdered by the IDF - terrorists. It has recently developed something called the Online Hate Index, hate being anything the ADL does not like.

The peak of the recent hysteria about on-line hate and censorship advocacy came with the death of a white woman, Heather Hyer, in Charlottesville last December when an attack on a group of so-called white supremacists by a group of self-styled anti-fascists backfired seriously. Thankfully, that has passed, but the enemies of freedom never sleep. The Uriah Heep song Lady In Black which was recorded way back in 1971, was covered by Blackmore’s Night on their 2013 album Dancer And The Moon. Later that same year it was uploaded to YouTube by a fan, the visual half of the video consisting of surrealistic artwork. Recently, anyone trying to listen to it without first signing in to Google would be greeted by the following message:

“Sign in to confirm your age
This video may be inappropriate for some users.”

Seriously? A song that contains no hint of obscenity with a backdrop of equally inoffensive if spectacular artwork is now considered suitable only for adults?

Obviously this video has been flagged by some cretin or mischief-maker; just as obviously it is far from an isolated case. It is also ironic because scenes of extreme violence - including rape - and genuine assaults, serious accidents, etc, can be viewed without this “precaution”.

Then there are the people who have been kicked off YouTube on the most specious of pretexts. One of these is Colin Flaherty, who videos have long been targeted by people who not only take issue with his flawed narratives but with the inconvenient facts he unearths.

Much more could be written in this vein about both YouTube and Google in general, including Google News. Whatever influence radical feminists and other undesirables have on or within the company, and whatever commercial pressures are put on it, it is clear that especially Messrs Brin and Page are intent on living up to the company’s original Libertarian spirit. However, if Google is to maintain its position as the world’s most popular website or even to survive in its present form, it must not allow itself to be pushed around by whining women or special snowflakes. Having stood up to governments, this should be dead easy, and while these same special interests are forever pushing their agendas with governments, including clamouring for yet more censorship, Google must not be afraid of lobbying these same governments on behalf of both its own interests and its clients, all one billion plus of them.

Another area of attack is privacy; in the UK this is being done by that old chestnut of protecting the children. From April, UK denizens visiting porn sites (who decides what is porn?) will need to verify their ages. And what comes next, verifying your location, income? Google and other big Internet companies will soon be faced with a stark choice: they can go along with the system becoming part of Big Brother, or they can say no mas! If Google in particular goes along with it, there are already alternative video sites out there which may one day rival YouTube, while the development of the TOR network and encryption technologies will allow users who are concerned about privacy and censorship to vote with their feet.


Bahar Mustapha, Censorship, Feminism, Google, James Damore, Larry Page, Sergey Brin

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